Tennessee Rules of Evidence


The Tennessee rules of evidence govern evidence rulings in all trial courts of Tennessee except as otherwise provided by statute or rules of the Supreme Court of Tennessee.  In making determination on preliminary questions concerning the qualification of a person to be a witness, the existence of a privilege, or the admissibility of evidence, the court is not bound by the rules of evidence except those with respect to privileges.

Table of Contents of Tennessee Rules of evidence

TENNESSEE RULES OF EVIDENCE [EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 1990]

    ARTICLE I. GENERAL PROVISIONS

    Rule 101. Scope. 

    Rule 102. Purpose and construction. 

    Rule 103. Rulings on evidence. 

    Rule 104. Preliminary questions. 

    Rule 105. Limited admissibility. 

    Rule 106. Writings or recorded statements — Completeness. 

    ARTICLE II. JUDICIAL NOTICE

    Rule 201. Judicial notice of adjudicative facts. 

    Rule 202. Judicial notice of law. 

    ARTICLE III. PRESUMPTIONS [RESERVED.] 

    ARTICLE IV. RELEVANCE

    Rule 401. Definition of “relevant evidence.” 

    Rule 402. Relevant evidence generally admissible; irrelevant evidence inadmissible. 

    Rule 403. Exclusion of relevant evidence on grounds of prejudice, confusion, or waste of time. 

    Rule 404. Character evidence not admissible to prove conduct; exceptions; other crimes. 

    Rule 405. Methods of proving character. 

    Rule 406. Habit; routine practice. 

    Rule 407. Subsequent remedial measures. 

    Rule 408. Compromise and offers to compromise. 

    Rule 409. Payment of medical and similar expenses. 

    Rule 409.1. Expressions of sympathy or benevolence. 

    Rule 410. Inadmissibility of pleas, plea discussions, and related statements. 

    Rule 411. Liability insurance. 

    Rule 412. Sex offense cases; relevance of victim’s sexual behavior. 

    ARTICLE V. PRIVILEGES

    Rule 501. Privileges recognized only as provided. 

    Rule 502. Limitations on waiver of privileged information or work product (Proposed). 

    ARTICLE VI. WITNESSES

    Rule 601. General rule of competency. 

    Rule 602. Lack of personal knowledge. 

    Rule 603. Oath or affirmation. 

    Rule 604. Interpreters. 

    Rule 605. Competency of judge as witness. 

    Rule 606. Competency of juror as witness. 

    Rule 607. Who may impeach? 

    Rule 608. Evidence of character and conduct of witness. 

    Rule 609. Impeachment by evidence of conviction of crime. 

    Rule 610. Religious beliefs or opinions. 

    Rule 611. Mode and order of interrogation and presentation. 

    Rule 612. Writing used to refresh memory. 

    Rule 613. Prior statements of witnesses. 

    Rule 614. Calling and interrogation of witness by court. 

    Rule 615. Exclusion of witnesses. 

    Rule 616. Impeachment by bias or prejudice. 

    Rule 617. Impeachment by impaired capacity. 

    Rule 618. Impeachment of expert by learned treatises. 

    ARTICLE VII. OPINIONS AND EXPERT TESTIMONY  

    Rule 701. Opinion testimony by lay witnesses. 

    Rule 702. Testimony by experts. 

    Rule 703. Bases of opinion testimony by experts. 

    Rule 704. Opinion on ultimate issue. 

    Rule 705. Disclosure of facts or data underlying expert opinion. 

    Rule 706. Court-appointed experts. 

    ARTICLE VIII. HEARSAY

    Rule 801. Definitions. 

    Rule 802. Hearsay rule. 

    Rule 803. Hearsay exceptions. 

    Rule 804. Hearsay exceptions; declarant unavailable. 

    Rule 805. Hearsay within hearsay. 

    Rule 806. Attacking and supporting credibility of declarant. 

    ARTICLE IX. AUTHENTICATION

    Rule 901. Requirement of authentication or identification. 

    Rule 902. Self-authentication. 

    Rule 903. Subscribing witness’ testimony unnecessary. 

    ARTICLE X. CONTENTS OF WRITINGS, RECORDINGS, AND PHOTOGRAPHS

    Rule 1001. Definitions. 

    Rule 1002. Requirement of original. 

    Rule 1003. Admissibility of duplicates. 

    Rule 1004. Admissibility of other evidence of contents. 

    Rule 1005. Public records. 

    Rule 1006. Summaries. 

    Rule 1007. Testimony or written admission of party. 

    Rule 1008. Functions of court and jury. 

Tennessee Rules of Evidence