Md. R. Evid. 5-408

As amended through July 15, 2021
Rule 5-408 - Compromise and Offers to Compromise
(a) The following evidence is not admissible to prove the validity, invalidity, or amount of a civil claim in dispute:
(1) Furnishing or offering or promising to furnish a valuable consideration for the purpose of compromising or attempting to compromise the claim or any other claim;
(2) Accepting or offering to accept such consideration for that purpose; and
(3) Conduct or statements made in compromise negotiations or mediation.
(b) This Rule does not require the exclusion of any evidence otherwise obtained merely because it is also presented in the course of compromise negotiations or mediation.
(c) Except as otherwise provided by law, evidence of a type specified in section (a) of this Rule is not excluded under this Rule when offered for another purpose, such as proving bias or prejudice of a witness, controverting a defense of laches or limitations, establishing the existence of a "Mary Carter agreement, or proving an effort to obstruct a criminal investigation or prosecution, but exclusion is required where the sole purpose for offering the evidence is to impeach a party by showing a prior inconsistent statement.
(d) When an act giving rise to criminal liability would also result in civil liability, evidence that would be inadmissible in a civil action is also inadmissible in a criminal action based on that act.

Md. R. Evid. 5-408

This Rule is derived from F.R.Ev. 408.

Adopted Dec. 15, 1993, eff. July 1, 1994. Amended May 9, 2000, eff. July 1, 2000.


2000 Orders

The May 9, 2000, order amended the cross reference.

Code, Courts Article, §§ 3-2A-08 and 5-401.1.