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225 Pa. Code Rule 803(16). Statements in Ancient Documents.

Rule 803(16). Statements in Ancient Documents.

   (16)  Statements in Ancient Documents. A statement in a document that is at least 30 years old and whose authenticity is established.


   Pa.R.E. 803(16) differs from F.R.E. 803(16) in that Pennsylvania adheres to the common law view that a document must be at least 30 years old to qualify as an ancient document. The Federal Rule reduces the age to 20 years.

   Pa.R.E. 803(16) is consistent with Pennsylvania law. See Louden v. Apollo Gas Co., 273 Pa. Super. 549, 417 A.2d 1185 (1980); Commonwealth ex rel. Ferguson v. Ball, 277 Pa. 301, 121 A.191 (1923).


   The provisions of this Rule 803(16) adopted January 17, 2013, effective in sixty days, 43 Pa.B. 620.

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