Extrajudicial Statement Law and Legal Definition

An extrajudicial statement is an out-of-court utterance which can be either written or oral. When offered into court as evidence, it is subject to the hearsay rule and its exceptions. For example, according to American Bar Association rules, a lawyer who is participating or has participated in the investigation or litigation of a matter shall not make an extrajudicial statement that a reasonable person would expect to be disseminated by means of public communication if the lawyer knows or reasonably should know that it will have a substantial likelihood of materially prejudicing an adjudicative proceeding in the matter.