Oklahoma Rules of Evidence


The Oklahoma Evidence Code shall apply in both criminal and civil proceedings in which evidence is produced except as otherwise provided.  The rules set forth in the Oklahoma Evidence Code Code, other than those applicable to a valid claim of privilege, do not apply in situations such as:

  • The determination of questions of fact preliminary to admissibility of evidence when the issue is to be determined by the judge;
  • Proceedings for extradition or rendition;
  • Sentencing or granting or revoking probation;
  • Advancement of deferred judgment;
  • Issuance of warrants for arrest, criminal summonses and search warrants;
  • Proceedings with respect to release on bail or otherwise; and
  • Juvenile emergency show-cause hearings.

Table of Contents of Oklahoma Rules of Evidence

EVIDENCE CODE

    ARTICLE I. GENERAL PROVISIONS

    § 2101. Short Title 

    § 2102. Legislative Purpose 

    § 2103. Scope of Rules 

    § 2104. Rulings on Evidence 

    § 2105. Preliminary questions 

    § 2106. Limited admissibility 

    § 2107. Remainder of record 

    ARTICLE II. JUDICIAL NOTICE 

    § 2201. Judicial Notice of Law 

    § 2202. Judicial Notice of Adjudicative Facts 

    § 2203. Determining Propriety of Taking Judicial Notice 

    ARTICLE III. PRESUMPTIONS

    § 2301. Definitions 

    § 2302. Establishment of Basic Fact 

    § 2303. Effect of Presumptions in Civil Cases 

    § 2304. Presumptions in Criminal Cases 

    § 2305. Inconsistent Presumptions 

    ARTICLE IV. RELEVANCY

    § 2401. Definition of “Relevant Evidence” 

    § 2402. Relevant Evidence Generally Admissible; Irrelevant Evidence Inadmissible 

    § 2403. Exclusion of relevant evidence on grounds of prejudice, confusion or cumulative nature of evidence 

    § 2404. Character Evidence Not Admissible to Prove Conduct; Exceptions; Other Crimes 

    § 2405. Methods of Proving Character 

    § 2406. Habit; Routine Practice 

    § 2407. Subsequent Remedial Measures 

    § 2408. Compromise and Offers to Compromise 

    § 2409. Payment of Medical and Similar Expenses 

    § 2410. Pleas and Plea Discussions; Admissibility of Evidence 

    § 2411. Liability Insurance 

    § 2412. Sexual offense against another person–Evidence of other sexual behavior inadmissible–Exceptions 

    § 2413. Sexual assault offense–Commission of other offenses admissible–Definition 

    § 2414. Child molestation offense–Commission of other offenses admissible–Definitions 

    ARTICLE V. PRIVILEGES

    § 2501. Privileges Recognized Only as Provided 

    § 2502. Attorney-Client Privilege 

    § 2503. Physician and Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege 

    § 2503.1. Interpreter for the Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Privilege 

    § 2504. Spousal Privilege 

    § 2505. Religious Privilege 

    § 2506. Journalist’s Privilege 

    § 2506.1. Renumbered as Title 12, § 2503.1 by Laws 2002, c. 468, § 78, eff. Nov. 1, 2002 

    § 2506.2. Peer support counseling confidentiality 

    § 2507. Political Vote 

    § 2508. Trade Secrets 

    § 2509. Secrets of State and Other Official Information; Governmental Privileges 

    § 2510. Identity of Informer 

    § 2510.1. Crime stoppers organizations–Privileged communications–Orders for production of records 

    § 2511. Waiver of Privilege by Voluntary Disclosure 

    § 2512. Privileged Matter Disclosed Under Compulsion or Without Opportunity to Claim Privilege 

    § 2513. Comment Upon or Inference From Claim of Privilege; Instruction 

    ARTICLE VI. WITNESSES

    GENERAL PROVISIONS

    § 2601. General Rule of Competency 

    § 2602. Personal Knowledge 

    § 2603. Oath or Affirmation 

    § 2604. Interpreters 

    § 2605. Competency of Judge as Witness 

    § 2606. Competency of Juror as Witness 

    § 2607. Who May Impeach 

    § 2608. Evidence of Character and Conduct of Witness 

    § 2609. Impeachment by Evidence of Conviction of Crime 

    § 2610. Religious Beliefs or Opinions 

    § 2611. Mode and Order of Interrogation and Presentation 

    § 2611.1. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 197, § 4, eff. Sept. 1, 1993 

    § 2611.2. Minor or incapacitated witnesses–Closing of testimony to public–Taking testimony outside … 

    UNIFORM CHILD WITNESS TESTIMONY BY ALTERNATIVE METHODS ACT

    § 2611.3. Short title 

    § 2611.4. Definitions 

    § 2611.5. Testimony to which act applies–Other procedures not precluded 

    § 2611.6. Hearing–Determination of whether to use alternative method testimony 

    § 2611.7. Situations where alternative method testimony permitted 

    § 2611.8. Determination of whether to allow child witness to testify by an alternative method 

    § 2611.9. Order–Required contents 

    § 2611.10. Opportunity for examination and cross-examination 

    § 2611.11. Construction and application of act 

    GENERAL PROVISIONS (CONT’D)

    § 2612. Writing Used to Refresh Memory 

    § 2613. Prior Statements of Witnesses 

    § 2614. Calling and Interrogation of Witnesses by Court 

    § 2615. Exclusion of Witnesses 

    ARTICLE VII. OPINIONS AND EXPERT TESTIMONY

    § 2701. Opinion Testimony by Lay Witnesses 

    § 2702. Testimony by Experts 

    § 2703. Bases of Opinion Testimony by Experts 

    § 2704. Opinion on Ultimate Issue 

    § 2705. Disclosure of Facts or Data Underlying Expert Opinion 

    ARTICLE VIII. HEARSAY

    § 2801. Definitions 

    § 2802. Hearsay Rule 

    § 2803. Hearsay Exceptions; Availability of Declarant Immaterial 

    § 2803.1. Statements of children not having attained 13 years or incapacitated persons describing acts of physical … 

    § 2803.2. Renumbered as Title 12, § 2611.2 by Laws 1999, c. 108, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1999 

    § 2804. Hearsay Exception; Declarant Unavailable 

    § 2804.1. Hearsay Exception–Exceptional circumstances 

    § 2805. Hearsay Within Hearsay 

    § 2806. Attacking and Supporting Credibility of Declarant 

    ARTICLE IX. AUTHENTICATION AND IDENTIFICATION

    § 2901. Requirement of Authentication or Identification 

    § 2902. Self-Authentication 

    § 2903. Subscribing Witness’ Testimony Unnecessary 

    ARTICLE X. CONTENTS OF WRITINGS, RECORDINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS

    § 3001. Definitions 

    § 3002. Requirement of Original 

    § 3003. Admissibility of Duplicates 

    § 3004. Admissibility of Other Evidence of Contents 

    § 3005. Public Records 

    § 3006. Summaries 

    § 3007. Testimony or Written Admission of Party 

    § 3008. Functions of Judge and Jury 

    § 3009. Medical bills–Identification