Definition of res gestae in English:

res gestae

plural noun

  • The events, circumstances, remarks, etc. which relate to a particular case, especially as constituting admissible evidence in a court of law.

    • ‘After considering certain authorities, I ruled that the statement was admissible as part of the res gestae.’
    • ‘The court held that a statement by a witness who is afraid of appearing through fear would be admissible as a res gestae statement of present state of mind, the common law exception.’
    • ‘The doctrine of res gestae applies to civil as well as criminal proceedings.’
    • ‘What was the longest integral in the common law res gestae that you are aware of?’
    • ‘It is necessary, in the first place, to have a clear understanding as to the principles upon which evidence of such a complaint not on oath nor made in the presence of the prisoner nor forming part of the res gestae can be admitted.’


Latin, literally ‘things done’.


res gestae

/reɪz ˈɡɛstʌɪ//riːz ˈdʒɛstiː/