IEA, 1872 : Doctrine of Res-Gestae

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Res Gestae is a Latin word meaning “action complete”. Res Gestae is used to refer to an event statement proving that an event occurred because it was spoken when it was observed.

For example, when people notice that there was a fire in a crowded cinema, and someone shouts “FIRE”, res gestae is displayed. This statement can be interpreted as evidence that a fire has occurred.

Res Gestae was once considered to be an exception to Hearsay’s law. This is because it refers to a phrase that is pronounced too close to the case so that it can be used to show that the event has taken place. Statements according to the Res Gestae doctrine are made naturally and naturally, so anyone listening to them has no space for confusion or misunderstanding. The argument will then be used as evidence if a witness testifies and repeats such a statement in court. The court therefore finds such claims to be completely reliable.

The claims of the Res Gestae doctrine can be divided into three categories.

    • A word or phrase that fully or partially describes a bodily action.

    • Intervention voluntarily enough to succeed in preventing someone from telling the lie against them.

    • A statement confirming the individual’s state of mind.

In some jurisdictions, the word res gestae was also used in connection with receiving images of suspects photographed by police. The tool for proving what proof has been raised in court is the most demanding field of criminal law. This is Res Gestae, one of the test’s values. The Res Gestae doctrine is founded on the premise that proof of irrelevant considerations cannot be rejected by the courts, taking into account all relevant aspects of the chain of cases before a final decision is made within the criminal justice system. Even if any form is distinct from the circumstance.

This is because, in criminal law, the concept of restitution is adopted to prove certain basic evidence. Without the aid of missing evidence, it is difficult to prove the whole argument. Another research study known as the doctrine of Res Gestae may support this. Res Gestae is a Latin term meaning that the same transaction is part of it. This applies to the portion of the event that is related directly or indirectly to the transaction of the main event.

The importance of the Res Gestae doctrine is unclear and inconclusive. It’s a confusing term that makes it impossible to say exactly what is considered the doctrine of Res Gestae. This was not explicitly stated as courts are free to consider the relevant evidence based on all facts in the case.

Res Gestae’s History

Res Gestae rules are based on Thompson v. Trevanion, has been deemed to be able to take a statement of compliance with the law for explanation. In 1736, Ambrose v. Clendon, if the statement was true, it was issued recognizably. The use of the Res Gestae doctrine became a brief discussion of the evidence of Home Took’s betrayal case.

However, the development of this doctrine began in 1805 and was freely used in connection with the term after Aveson’s fall against Lord Kinnard. And it can be said that this exception has been established since the middle of the 19th century. The famous Cockburn CJ decision was discussed in principle. Exception to Bedingfield Res Gestae and rumors. Sir Cockburn thought it was unacceptable because it was made by her after this statement was over. He said he wasn’t part of the transaction, he said it was when the transaction was completed and the transaction was split. This decision was virtually invalid, but it correctly explains the previous principles used to define the Res Gestae exception, which often resulted in unfair consequences.

Bedingfield’s decision was actually too strict. However, this decision was made by Ratten v. The doctrine of R, Res Gestae was defined by common law in free and broad terms. In another example of the queen to the queen, Sir Wilber said: “The testimony would have been accepted as part of Gestae Row, as well as the tight connection of space and time between the statement and the statement. The shooting, but how the statement was made when the police called. And the tone of the voice clearly showed that this statement was made by a woman who is under the overwhelming pressure of modern events. “

Gestae Travel under the Indian Evidence Act

Section 6 of the Indian Evidence Act describes the principles of res gestae. Evidence based on rumors will not be admitted in court. However, res gestae is an exception to rumors. This is due to the spontaneity and immediacy of such statements with little time to invent. Therefore, such statements must be followed simultaneously or at least immediately with the steps that constitute the offense.

Res gestae contains facts that are part of the same deal. So it is important to study what a transaction is, when it starts and when it ends. If the fact cannot be linked to the underlying transaction it is not valid as it cannot be the result. If a statement is made pursuant to the terms of the preamble, that statement is part of the same transaction and is permitted in court. The strengths of section 6 are ambiguous. Each criminal case must be judged on its merits. If the evidence relates to the same transaction, it is allowed in section 6, but reliability is the judge’s assessment.

Res Gestae test

1.If the first test has a causal relationship or, conversely, a causal relationship with the fact that the facts in question are intended to be presented as evidence, then we can say that this fact is part of the following: ‘The same deal with the facts in question. However, this test is not important because all events are a combined effect of numerous effects. Assuming that all these causes and effects are considered relevant and evidence of all such facts is permitted, the exact purpose of limiting evidence to relevant facts in court is entirely possible. Valuable trial time is wasted hearing evidence of distant cases and distant outcomes.

2. The second test assumes that facts about proximity to time and location are present in the segment. The facts which are obviously taking place concurrently and in the same place are closely linked and can therefore be considered important to this section. This is not necessary, however, since the section itself takes account of the possibility that the facts that occur at various times and in different locations which relate to the facts at issue, which are part of the same transaction.

3. The third test implies that the fact that you are finding the facts and evidence in question must be a consistency of action and intent. It is argued that it  is not worth replacing one passage with another.

Case Analysis of Res Gestae Doctrine

The Indian Res Gestae judiciary interpreted the production only as a statement immediately after or immediately after the event, but not “at the time” where the production was permitted.

1. Andhra Pradesh Province v Panna Satia Narayana

The accused killed his wife and daughter. Statement from the deceased’s father that the defendant’s father said over the phone that his son had killed the deceased. Transactions of the absence of conclusions about whether the information provided by the defendant to the father of the deceased killed the deceased. This statement cannot be construed as referring to a section.

  2. Jagser v. Hariana Province

The confirmation of the death claim in this case came from the testimony of Mangat Ram, brother of the deceased father Ruldus, who provided evidence confirming the material aspects of the prosecution. They don’t claim that the accused set fire on Yasin Khan, but they said he ran after a while because they both sued Yasin Khan and his wife Pinky to the house to settle the dispute. At home. Yasin Khan on fire. By applying the principles of res gestae, the two defendants apparently appear to be involved in the crime. The medical certificate duly confirms the ocular medical certificate.

Exception from Res Gestae

An exception to the theory that professional proof is not evidence is Res Gestae. The acceptance of Res Gestae as an exception to the professional rule can be defined as a professional statement relating to relevant facts or comments made during the stress and impact of the incident by the witness. Or with authorization. The rationale of this argument is that in such a striking statement, since the case is so surprising and can only say the facts, the witness is unable to focus on the case. From Suhar v. W.P. Will this issue bear witness to what the victim said to him? As an exception to the general rule, Article 6 was determined that rumors were not accepted as facts.  However  It should be remembered that “the statement is about the same time as the fact of the matter and there should be no production disruption to be part of the same transaction.” In this situation, proof is allowed. As witnesses arrived at the scene, they discovered the body of the deceased and wounded the unconscious survivor.


Even when Res Gestae’s concept was in its infancy, there were always signs that it was not well received. It gained popularity due to its comfortable ambiguity. Wigmore sharply criticized the use of the phrase Res Gestae. He wrote that it was “not only completely useless, but also positive damage.” “All test rules applied exist as part of other established principles, and this term is useless because that principle can be explained. This term is detrimental because it confuses one rule with another because of its ambiguity, creating ambiguity for both constraints. Thus, Wigmore concluded that “Res Gestae” would not be mentioned.


In accordance with Res Gestae, proof is usually addressed where it can not be given under part of the Humanitarian Evidence Act. When the case was dismissed because of a lack of facts, lawmakers sought to prevent discrimination. The courts have always acknowledged that it is not necessary to extend this doctrine indefinitely. It is important to judge each criminal case on its merits. This is permitted by the sect if the proof is part of the same transaction. How accurate this is, however, is up to the discretion of the court. This is a more nuanced and ambiguous doctrine, and this is the difference.

There is sharp criticism of the ambiguity of this doctrine. But we can see that only the measures taken to form Res Gestae meant what initially began. Now all acts or comments made to commit a crime at the same time or in a single scene of the crime. Or at varying moments at different times. The position is considered part of the same transaction, so it is permitted in compliance with the concept of Res Gestae. Dean Wigmore said: “The term Res Gestae is not only totally useless, but also positively harmful under current law.” Never should this be discussed.

Authors: Alan John Abraham

Editor: Kanishka Vaish, Editor, LexLife India.


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