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SECTION 394-A
Proof of lost negotiable paper
General Business (GBS) CHAPTER 20, ARTICLE 26
§ 394-a. Proof of lost negotiable paper. 1. Where, upon the trial of
an action, it appears that a negotiable instrument within article three
of the uniform commercial code, upon which the action or a counterclaim
interposed in the action is founded, was lost while it belonged to the
party claiming the amount due thereupon, he may prove the contents
thereof by parol or other secondary evidence and may recover or set off
the amount due thereupon as if it was produced.

2. For that purpose, he must give to the adverse party a written
undertaking, in a sum fixed by the judge or the referee, not less than
twice the amount of the note or bill, with at least two sureties,
approved by the judge or the referee, to the effect that he will
indemnify the adverse party, his heirs and personal representatives,
against any claim by any other person, on account of the note or bill,
and against all costs and expenses, by reason of such a claim.

3. But where an action is prosecuted or defended by the state, or by a
public officer in its behalf, the state or the public officer may prove
the contents of a lost negotiable instrument within article three of the
uniform commercial code, by parol or other secondary evidence, and may
recover or set off the amount due thereupon, without giving any security
to the adverse party notwithstanding section 3--804 of such code.