Jencks Material – a prosecution witness’s written or recorded pretrial statement that a criminal defendant, upon filing a motion after the witness has testified, is entitled to have in preparing to cross-examine the witness; the statement may may be used to impeach the witness

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Jencks material:
(1961)

1. Criminal procedure. A prosecution witness’s written or recorded pretrial statement that a criminal defendant, upon filing a motion after the witness has testified, is entitled to have in preparing to cross-examine the witness. * The defense may use a statement of this kind for impeachment purposes. Jencks v. U.S., 353 U.S. 657, 77 S. Ct. 1007 (1957).  Cf. BRADY MATERIAL.

Also see:

Jencks rule – the rule that a defendant in a federal criminal prosecution has the right to examine government papers to be better able to cross-examine or impeach government witnesses.

Jencks Act – defendant has the right to examine government papers to be better able to cross-examine or impeach government witnesses, but only after the witness has testified. 18 USC § 3500.

References:

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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition
 by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[3]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition by Jack Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.

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