The Court shall inspect and consider all documents as soon as practicable after they have been produced and deal with them as follows: –
(a) Documents which are proved (or admitted by the party against whom they are produced in evidence) shall be admitted in evidence and marked as exhibits in the manner prescribed and the fact shall be noted in the record.
(b) Documents which are not proved (or admitted by the party against whom they are produced in evidence) shall be kept on the record pending proof and shall be rejected at the close of the evidence, if not proved or admitted.
(c) Documents that are found to be irrelevant or otherwise inadmissible in evidence shall be rejected forthwith.
No document unless admitted in evidence shall be marked as an exhibit
- Admission of a document by a party shall be indicated by the endorsement ―Admitted by the plaintiff‖ or ―Admitted by the defendant‖. Admission of a document in evidence by the Court shall be indicated by the endorsement ―Admitted in evidence‖. If any question is raised as to the correctness of a copy and the correctness of its is admitted, the endorsement shall be ―correctness of copy admitted‖. The use of the expression ―Admitted as a copy‖ in endorsement on document is prohibited.
- Return of unproved documents- A document which is rejected as irrelevant or otherwise inadmissible under O. XIII, r. 3, or is not proved shall, unless impounded under O. XIII, r. 8, or rendered wholly void or useless by force of the decree, be returned to the person producing it or to his pleader, and such person or pleader shall give a receipt for the same .
- Documents impounded shall be dealt with in accordance with O. XIII, R.8, and the word ―impounded‖ should be noted in red ink.