n.1.A book in which a tradesman keeps his accounts.
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A "Shopbook Rule" emerged in English courts in the late 1500s.
United States courts enforced the Shopbook Rule before the Civil War, when our own legal customs were taking American shape.
The Shopbook Rule lived on, notwithstanding that records were sometimes typewritten.
During all this time, the Shopbook Rule was the rule we used.
A 1922 snapshot into the policy behind the Shopbook Rule is Radtke v.
The American shopbook rule has been based upon the ground of necessity.
Accordingly, in 1922 our Shopbook Rule was well over three hundred years old and very much alive.
It was not until after World War II that metal filing cabinets appeared on the scene, but by then the Shopbook Rule of Wooden Filing Cabinets had reached its maturity.
This provision contains the co-called 'shopbook exception' that was inherited from English law.
(11) An extension of the historical "shopbook rule," (12) this exception was a response to the advent of the corporate form, which created a heretofore unseen phenomenon: a trial where no physical person was being sued.
[T]he "shopbook rule" is rooted in the early English custom that allowed a merchant doing business on account to enter his books into evidence to prove the defendant owed him money.
In this respect, the colonies digressed from English common law, which held that 'shopbooks' could not be admitted as evidence.