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California Trial Objections 2023

California Trial Objections 2023

Published September 2023

Prepare for trial and depositions with this essential resource:

  • Carry the laminated Checklist of Objections in your trial notebook
  • Confidently move to exclude inadmissible hearsay and opinion
  • Get in-depth treatment of all California privileges
  • Stay current on case law interpreting “testimonial statements” under Crawford and Davis
  • Confidently prepare your evidence and your experts for trial
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Table of Contents

    Table of Contents

    Part I: Basic Considerations

  • 1. Right to Present Relevant Evidence
  • 2. Motions in Limine
  • 3. Order of Proof
  • 4. Objecting to Evidence
  • 5. Responding to Objections
  • Part II: Objections to Jury Voir Dire

  • 6. Objections to Jury Voir Dire
  • Part III: Objections to Form of Question

  • 7. Question Is Ambiguous or Unintelligible
  • 8. Question Is Compound
  • 9. Question Is Too General
  • 10. Question Calls for Narrative Answer
  • 11. Question Has Been Asked and Answered
  • 12. Question Misquotes Witness
  • 13. Question Is Leading
  • 14. Question Is Argumentative
  • 15. Question Assumes Fact in Dispute or Not in Evidence
  • 16. Question Calls for Speculation
  • Part IV: Objections to Offered Evidence

  • 17. Irrelevant Evidence
  • 18. Incompetent Witness
  • 19. Hearsay
  • 20. Inadmissible Opinion
  • 21. Insufficient Foundation
  • 22. Improper Impeachment
  • 23. Improper Rehabilitation
  • 24. Excluding Secondary Evidence
  • 25. Inadmissible Parol Evidence
  • 26. Cross-Examination Exceeds Scope of Direct Examination
  • 27. Corpus Delicti Not Proved
  • 28. Illegally Obtained Evidence
  • 29. Objecting to Misconduct
  • 30. Unduly Inflammatory
  • 31. Excluding Relevant Evidence Under Evid C §352
  • 32. Other Policy Exclusions of Evidence
  • Part V: Privileges

  • 33. Privileges: General Rules and Considerations
  • 34. Attorney-Client Privilege
  • 35. Work Product Doctrine
  • 36. Physician-Patient Privilege
  • 37. Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege
  • 38. Sexual Assault Counselor-Victim Privilege
  • 39. Domestic Violence Counselor-Victim Privilege
  • 39A. Human Trafficking Caseworker-Victim Privilege
  • 40. Privilege for Confidential Marital Communications
  • 41. Privilege Not to Testify Against Spouse
  • 42. Privilege Not to Be Called as Witness Against Spouse
  • 43. Privilege for Official Information
  • 44. Privilege for Identity of Informer
  • 45. Trade Secrets Privilege
  • 46. Privilege Against Self-Incrimination
  • 47. Privilege of Defendant in Criminal Case Not to Be Called and Not to Testify
  • 48. Journalist’s Immunity From Contempt
  • 49. Voter’s Privilege
  • 50. Penitent’s Privilege
  • 51. Cleric’s Privilege
  • Part VI: Additional Remedies

  • 52. Motion to Strike
  • 53. Jury Admonitions
  • 54. Motion for Continuance
  • 55. Extraordinary Writs
  • 56. Motion for Mistrial
  • 57. Contempt

Authors

    Original Authors

  • Edwin A. Heafey, Jr.
  • Stephen G. Blitch
  • Marshall C. Wallace
  • Keith D. Yandell

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