/aSentakeyshan/ In the law of evidence, the act or mode of giving authority or legal authenticity to a statute, record, or other written instrument, or a certified copy thereof, so as to render it legally admissible in evidence. Verifications of judgments. An attestation made by a proper officer by which he certifies that a record is in due form of law, and that the person who certifies it is the officer appointed so to do. Acts done with a view of causing an instrument to be known and identified.
See also verification
Authentication of a writing means
(a) the introduction of evidence sufficient to sustain a finding that it is the writing that the proponent of the evidence claims it is or
(b) the establishment of such facts by any other means provided by law. Calif.Evid.Code, No. 1400.
The requirement of authentication as a condition precedent to admissibility of evidence is satisfied by evidence sufficient to support a finding that the matter in question is what its proponent claims. Fed.Evid.Rule 901.
Self authentication.
Statutes frequently provide that certain classes of writings shall be received in evidence "without further proof."
The following fall into this category:
(1) deeds, conveyances or other instruments, which have been acknowledged by the signers before a notary public,
(2) certified copies of public records, and
(3) books of statutes which purport to be printed by public authority.
See Fed.Evid.Rule 902

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.


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