These words are common on many movie and television shows involving the law and the trial of cases. What exactly is hearsay? Why is it not admissible? Are there exceptions to the hearsay rule? Actually, the concept of hearsay in our evidence law is most interesting and gives us a great deal of insight into how the law works to make sure that evidence presented in the courtroom satisfies the requirements of having a probative value and being generally reliable.
Connecticut's evidentiary landscape is governed by the Connecticut Code of Evidence. Section 801 of the Code defines hearsay as "a statement, other than one made by the declarant while testifying at the proceedings, offered in evidence to establish the truth of the matter asserted". Statement is defined in that same section as "an oral or written assertion or non-verbal conduct of a person, if it is intended by the person as an assertion". Declarant means a person who makes a statement.