Fleet–book evidence

noun \ˈflēt-\

Definition of Fleet–book evidence


  1. :  evidence usually documentary that is inadmissible because inherently unreliable

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Origin and Etymology of fleet–book evidence

so called from the fact that books recording clandestine marriages in Fleet prison chapel, London, England, and in nearby houses were declared inadmissible as evidence in British courts

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