Hearsay Within Hearsay Law and Legal Definition

Hearsay is defined as a statement, other than one made by the declarant while testifying at the trial or hearing, offered in evidence to prove the truth of the matter asserted. Hearsay is excluded from being introduced at trial under evidentiary sules unless an exception applies.

The introduction of a business record often involves issues of hearsay within hearsay. For example, a business record created by an employee pursuant to a business duty might reiterate a statement made to the employee by a nonemployee. Hearsay included within hearsay (multiple hearsay) is not excluded under the hearsay rule if each part of the combined statements conforms with an exception to the hearsay rule.