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EVIDENCE

Rule 802.Hearsay Rule

Hearsay is not admissible except as provided by these rules or by other rules prescribed by the Supreme Court or by the Legislature.

Committee Comment - 1977

The general rule excluding hearsay is consistent with common law and existing Minnesota practice. Rules 803(24) and 804(5) control the common law development of additional hearsay exceptions. The authority of the legislature to create various exceptions to the hearsay rule is well established. See gen. Minnesota Statutes 1974, chapter 600, which contains several examples of legislative exceptions to the hearsay rule.