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Texas Rules of Evidence Rule 107

Rule 107. Rule of Optional Completeness


If a party introduces part of an act, declaration, conversation, writing, or recorded statement, an adverse party may inquire into any other part on the same subject. An adverse party may also introduce any other act, declaration, conversation, writing, or recorded statement that is necessary to explain or allow the trier of fact to fully understand the part offered by the opponent. “Writing or recorded statement” includes a deposition.


Notes and Comments


Comment to 1998 change: This rule is the former Criminal Rule 107 except that the example regarding “when a letter is read” has been relocated in the rule so as to more accurately indicate the provision it explains. While this rule appeared only in the prior criminal rules, it is made applicable to civil cases because it accurately reflects the common law rule of optional completeness in civil cases.


History: Added Feb. 25, 1998, eff. March 1, 1998; amended effective April 1, 2015

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