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the court's recognition of facts that can be confirmed by consulting sources of unquestioned accuracy, thus removing the burden of producing evidence to prove these facts. A court can admit facts that are common knowledge to an average, well-informed citizen. EXAMPLE: Kristen claims that on the day of the accident the roads were very slick as a result of a torrential downpour. However, the victim of the accident brings in several weather maps and reports showing that for seven days prior to and including the day of the accident, there was not a single raindrop. A court can take judicial notice of the maps and reports. Source: Barron's Dictionary of Legal Terms, Steven H. Gifis, 5th Edition; © 2016

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