© D.L. Crumbley
Source: Ballentine’s Law Dictionary
Sufficient Relevant Data (contd…)
Ballentine’s further defines sufficient evidence and relevant evidence as follows:
Sufficient evidence—Abstractly, evidence of such probative value as to support the verdict of the jury or a finding of fact by the court. Practically, evidence such as will satisfy an unprejudiced mind of the truth of that which the court or jury has found to be the fact. [Emphasis added]
Relevant evidence—Any matter of fact the effect, tendency, or design of which, when presented to the mind, is to produce a persuasion concerning the existence of some other matter of fact — a persuasion either affirmative or disaffirmative of its existence. Concisely, evidence of one fact rendering the existence of the fact in issue probable.
A practitioner must advise the attorney of possible missing or questionable documents and the lack of sufficient relevant data upon which to reach an opinion.