I was in small claims court and the Plaintiff received an email from Riverside County, California's Housing Authority pertaining to payment amounts for Section 8 rental assistance. However, I never received any such notification and as a result, I was sued and the small claims judge did not take into consideration that it was"Hearsay" and that the Plaintiff had been paid rent for one month that I was sued to pay him as the property manager,
Generally speaking, just because one party did not receive a copy of an email in question does not mean that the email is not admissible as evidence in Court. For the email to be admissible, it has to be authenticated, meaning that at least one of the party to the email, either the author or sender, can attest under the penalty of perjury that the email being presented is in fact a true and correct copy of what it purports to be. If that is satisfied, the email can be admitted into evidence. Whether the contents of the email itself is hearsay depends on the case and what the appeal says. As a Defendant, you have the right to appeal a small claims judgment which you should do if you feel the lower court made a wrong decision.
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