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res gestae

[Latin: things done]
The events with which the court is concerned or others contemporaneous with them. In the law of evidence, res gestae denotes: (1) a rule of relevance according to which events forming part of the res gestae are admissible; (2) an exception to the *hearsay rule under which statements forming part of the res gestae are admissible, for example if they accompany and explain some relevant act or relate to the declarant’s contemporaneous state of mind or his contemporaneous physical sensations.

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