Summary judgment is a crucial procedural mechanism within the legal system that enables a court to issue a decision in favor of one party without necessarily going through a fill trial. Thus, admissible evidence is an integral concept of the summary judgment process. The presented evidence plays a key rile in determining whether a genuine dispute of material fact exists in the case.

Further, summary judgment papers should clearly identify what evidence in the record supports the asserted facts as well as the location of the evidence on record. The trial court is not obliged to consider any evidence that is not cited in the papers, despite the evidence being on record. However, the court may consider admissible evidence on record even if the party fails to cite the said evidence.


Admissible evidence is key to a motion for summary judgment

Admissible Evidence

Admissible evidence denotes evidence that is legally permitted to be presented in court. It ought to meet a certain criterion to be considered reliable and valid for consideration by the court. The admissibility of the evidence is governed by the rules of evidence which vary from one jurisdiction to another. Nonetheless, it generally aims to ensure that only relevant and reliable information is presented during the legal proceedings.


Admissible evidence denotes evidence legally permitted by court

Some of the main considerations for admissible evidence include:

  1. The evidence should be relevant in relation to the issues of the case. It should also have a legal connection to the facts in dispute and aid the trier of the facts in making a reasonable and fair determination.
  2. Any evidence presented should be reliable and trustworthy. It should also be free from confusion, prejudice or potential for misleading the jury.
  3. For evidence to be admissible, it must be properly authenticated to establish its relevance and source.
  4. Hearsay rule. Any out-of-court statements are considered hearsay are inadmissible unless they fall within the exceptions.
  5. Expert testimony. Expert opinions are only admissible when the expert is qualified in relation to the data and facts. The testimony is also required to be a product of the reliable methods and principles.

The Correlation between Summary Judgment and Admissible Evidence

Admissible evidence plays a key role in summary judgment. In a motion for summary judgment, the parties preset their evidence in support of their contention. The court analyzes the admissibility, weight and credibility when determining whether there exist genuine issues of material facts.

Admissible evidence plays a key role in summary judgment

Moreover, admissible evidence could either strengthen or weaken a party’s motion for summary judgment. When admissible evidence demonstrates that there exist no genuine disputes of material facts, it can support the granting of a summary judgment. On the other hand, if the evidence raises any doubt, creates factual disputes, or is deemed inadmissible, it could preclude summary judgment and necessitate a full trial.

Burden to Show Admissibility

Evidence submitted in connection with summary judgment does not have to be presented in an admissible form. The trial court may consider the evidence on summary judgment provided that the submitting party demonstrates that it would be possible to present the said evidence in admissible form. The submitting party bears the burden of demonstrating that the evidence is admissible as presented, or that it could be presented in admissible form at trial.


Summary judgment is a significant aspect in the legal system for the efficient resolution of disputes without necessarily going through trial. Admissible evidence plays a key role in the process through influencing the court’s determination of whether there exist genuine disputes of material fact. The careful consideration of admissible evidence in summary judgment motions ensure that the legal proceedings are fair, just ad based on reliable information. The interaction between admissible evidence and summary judgment underscores the significance of adhering to established evidence rules to achieve equitable outcomes in the legal system.