res gestaeres ges·tae
Law facts that are so closely connected with the occurrence in question as to be considered a part of it, and are thus admissible as evidence
Origin of res gestaeL, literally , things done, deeds
- Things done; deeds.
- Law Evidence of incidental facts that would otherwise be inadmissible in a trial as irrelevant or hearsay but that is admitted because it helps explain and give context to a more central evidentiary fact.
Origin of res gestaeLatin r&emacron;s gestae : r&emacron;s, pl. of r&emacron;s, thing + gestae, feminine pl. past participle of gerere, to carry, show.
res gestae - Legal Definition
Things done. Either the events at issue or other things, such as utterances, that are contemporaneous with the res gestae; spontaneous statements or exclamations made by the participants, perpetrators, victims, or onlookers at or immediately following the event, be it criminal or the subject of litigation. As present-sense impressions, they are excluded from the hearsay rule. See excited utterance.