I have a number of texts from the defendant that would implicate him in the money owed to me.
Phone company does not hold text records back this far, so I only have the printed screenshots of his texts. I can print them to show his phone number instead of just his name by removing him as a contact. Will this be admissible in Cook County small claims?
Generally, screenshots would not be admissible evidence. However, the rules of evidence are sometimes relaxed by some judges in small claims court, especially for parties appearing pro se. It is unlikely you would be able to present screenshots as evidence if your opponent is represented by counsel.
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Just handing the judge your screen shots will not get them into evidence. You will need to lay the proper foundation as with any other evidence to have them considered.
You should consider not only having the printouts but the phone there as well with the originals. You will need to prove the number belongs to the other party and that he/she sent you the messages. The more reliable you can establish the evidence is, the more likely it will be that you can get them into evidence.
If there is an attorney on the other side they will make it difficult for you.
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