August 30, 2016 Articles

Governmental Investigatory Report Findings and Conclusions: What Is Admissible?

Learn the case law and arguments to utilize when arguing for or against admissibility of the findings and conclusions.

By M. Matt Jett

Admissibility of governmental investigatory reports, particularly findings and conclusions relating to fault, can have massive ramifications. Accordingly, it is important to recognize admissibility issues relating to governmental investigatory reports and how to properly argue for or against admission of same into evidence. The purpose of this article is to establish not only the basic premise for admissibility of governmental investigatory reports but to also provide case law and arguments for admiralty litigators to utilize when arguing for or against admissibility of the findings and conclusions contained in governmental investigatory reports.

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