Documents Are Not Rendered Admissible Merely Because They Are Part of the Court File

In Ptasznik v. Schultz, 247 A.D.2d 197, 679 N.Y.S.2d 665, 666 (N.Y. App. Div. 1998), the issue was whether an affidavit that had been in the court's file was improperly given to the jury. In its discussion of the affidavit, the court explained that "court files are often replete with letters, affidavits, legal briefs, privileged or confidential data, in camera materials, fingerprint records, probation reports, as well as depositions that may contain unredacted gossip and all manner of hearsay and opinion." 679 N.Y.S.2d at 667. Nonetheless, the Ptasznik court cautioned that none of these documents are rendered admissible merely because they are part of the court file. See id.