Silver Platter Doctrine Law and Legal Definition

Silver platter doctrine is the doctrine under which evidence turned over to federal officials by state officials would not be suppressed even though it was obtained by means of an illegal search. However, this doctrine has been repudiated by the Supreme Court. Articles obtained as a result of an unreasonable search and seizure by state officers may not be introduced into evidence against a defendant over his/her timely objection in a federal criminal trial, even though the search was conducted without the involvement of federal officers.