2010 Florida Statutes
Foreign records of regularly conducted business activity.
Foreign records of regularly conducted business activity.—
For the purposes of this section:
“Foreign record of regularly conducted business activity” means a memorandum, report, record, or data compilation, in any form, of acts, events, conditions, opinions, or diagnoses, maintained in a foreign country.
“Foreign certification” means a written declaration made and signed in a foreign country by the custodian of a foreign record of regularly conducted business activity or another qualified person that, if falsely made, would subject the maker to criminal penalty under the laws of that country.
“Business” means any business, institution, association, profession, occupation, or calling of any kind, whether or not conducted for profit.
In a criminal or civil proceeding in a court of the State of Florida, a foreign record of regularly conducted business activity, or a copy of such record, shall not be excluded as evidence by the hearsay rule if a foreign certification attests that:
Such record was made at or near the time of the occurrence of the matters set forth by, or from information transmitted by, a person with knowledge of those matters;
Such record was kept in the course of a regularly conducted business activity;
The business activity made such a record as a regular practice; and
If such record is not the original, it is a duplicate of the original;
unless the source of information or the method or circumstances of preparation indicate lack of trustworthiness.
A foreign certification under this section shall authenticate such record or duplicate.
No evidence in such records in the form of opinion or diagnosis is admissible under subsection (2) unless such opinion or diagnosis would be admissible under ss. 90.701-90.705 if the person whose opinion is recorded were to testify to the opinion directly.
At the arraignment or as soon after the arraignment as practicable, or 60 days prior to a civil trial, a party intending to offer in evidence under this section a foreign record of regularly conducted business activity shall provide written notice of that intention to each other party. A motion opposing admission in evidence of such record shall be made by the opposing party and determined by the court before trial. Failure by a party to file such motion before trial shall constitute a waiver of objection to such record or duplicate, but the court for cause shown may grant relief from the waiver.
s. 17, ch. 88-381; s. 1, ch. 97-189.