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Referring to a question asked of a party to a lawsuit or a statement by that person that serves no purpose and provides no evidence, but only argues or reinforces the legal position of that party. example: question asked by a lawyer of his own client: “are you the sort of person who would never do anything dishonest?” such a question may be objected to as “self-serving” by the opposing lawyer and will be disallowed by the judge, unless there is some evidentiary value. some people add self-serving comments to their testimony, such as “i never tell lies,” which can be stricken from the record as a self-serving declaration.

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