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The Art of the Objection.

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | September 30, 2011

No. 726

  Like so many things that lawyers do, stating objections in court requires preparation, experience and skill.  If you don’t state your grounds quickly, the damage may be done, even if the objection is sustained.  Making frequent objections, especially when they are being overruled, can make you look like an obstructionist and cause the fact-finder(s) to wonder what kind of bombshell evidence you are trying to keep  out of the record.

Nevertheless, cases are won and lost on evidence admitted and evidence excluded.  Identifying key evidence and framing your objection  in advance is how its done.  Here’s a link to a short, pithy post in the Lawyerist on the subject.  As Horace Rumpole (pictured rising to address the court) might say, we’re just trying to improve your education.

CLT

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