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Evidence Code - EVID


  ( Division 10 enacted by Stats. 1965, Ch. 299. )

CHAPTER 2. Exceptions to the Hearsay Rule [1220 - 1390]

  ( Chapter 2 enacted by Stats. 1965, Ch. 299. )

ARTICLE 11. Family History [1310 - 1316]
  ( Article 11 enacted by Stats. 1965, Ch. 299. )


Evidence of a statement concerning a person’s birth, marriage, divorce, death, parent and child relationship, race, ancestry, relationship by blood or marriage, or other similar fact of family history is not made inadmissible by the hearsay rule if the statement is contained in a certificate that the maker thereof performed a marriage or other ceremony or administered a sacrament and:

(a) The maker was a clergyman, civil officer, or other person authorized to perform the acts reported in the certificate by law or by the rules, regulations, or requirements of a church, religious denomination, or religious society; and

(b) The certificate was issued by the maker at the time and place of the ceremony or sacrament or within a reasonable time thereafter.

(Amended by Stats. 1975, Ch. 1244.)