Federal Rules of Evidence [FRE] Law and Legal Definition

The Federal Rules of Evidence [FRE] refers to the code of evidence law governing the admission of facts in the U.S. federal court system. FRE is applicable to both civil and criminal trials. According to Rule 101 the scope of FRE is that they govern proceedings in the courts of the U.S., and before U.S. bankruptcy judges and U.S. magistrate judges. Rule 102 of FRE states the purpose of the rule as “these rules shall be construed to secure fairness in administration, elimination of unjustifiable expense and delay, and promotion of growth and development of the law of evidence to the end that the truth may be ascertained and proceedings justly determined.”