Most evidentiary rulings are within the judge’s discretion, and are made in seconds. Bad rulings are almost never reversible. As a result, victory usually goes to the lawyer who can prevail on the big objections in the heat of battle.
The key to winning evidentiary debates is objecting and responding with arguments and supporting authority at your fingertips. That is where Judge Gregory Ward (Ret.) and Audra Ibarra’s California Objections can help.
It uses a courtroom-friendly format to cover more than 125 objections with clear and concise explanations, trial-tested tips, persuasive arguments, and supporting cases.
Designed for Eve-of-Trial and Courtroom Use
When time is short, California Objections delivers quickly with:
- Pattern Objections — Model language for 125 objections. Big headings and logical organization take you to the right objection in seconds.
- Comments —The application, scope, and purpose of the governing rules in straightforward language.
- Practice Tips — Elevate your advocacy with the cautions, strategies, and advice from the bench offered here.
- Responsive Arguments — Never let an unforeseen objection catch you flat-footed again. Anticipate, preclude, and meet objections with the authors’ expert strategies for counter-attack.
- Objection Tactics — Use these arguments to fight admission of the opposition’s evidence, or to minimize its impact. Included are alternative strategies and what you need to put on the record.
- Case Law — These concise summaries speed trial preparation and help you cite supporting authority in your briefs and in the courtroom.
1,800 Recent Cases
Ideally suited to the demands of trial and last-minute trial preparation, California Objections provides a time-saving alternative to lengthy treatises. Its concise but well-supported text puts the rules and cases at your fingertips. And its practical orientation guides you through the realities of evidentiary battles.
Covers All Important Objections
California Objections is more than an evidence book. In addition to evidentiary objections, you’ll find objections to jury selection, opening statement, closing argument, jury charges, judicial conduct and more. Coverage of all significant trial objections—from jury selection through directed verdict—gives California Objections vastly greater practical value than an evidence-only book.
Delivers More Than Objections
The scope and breadth of California Objections far exceeds the mechanics and arguments of making and meeting objections. Rules, definitions, distinctions, scope, weight, advice from the bench, examples, and procedures are provided for key evidentiary issues. Principles are extensively supported with case authority, and the underlying scholarship will impress you.
From pretrial proceedings through expert testimony to summation, the practical coverage in this new trial practice book will quickly earn its inexpensive keep.
Don’t let opposing counsel’s objections block the admission of your critical evidence. And don’t be caught unprepared when opposing counsel offers evidence you could obstruct—if you made the proper objection.
Your case is set for trial. Your evidence is lined up, and your witnesses are ready. Are you? Do you know the rules of evidence and procedure so that you can seamlessly present your case and object to your opponent’s evidence confidently and without hesitation? California Objections will ensure you are battle-ready.
REVISION 18 HIGHLIGHTS
Prepare to seamlessly present your case and confidently object to your opponent’s evidence with California Objections. This edition includes new and updated text in 20 chapters, updated tables, and 90+ new case notes. The new text and cases cover a wide array of topics, including:
- Statutory procedure for objecting to peremptory challenges on basis of race, ethnicity, gender, etc. in criminal trials, §2:190
- Challenging juror misconduct during trial, §3:60
- Appointment of referees, §4:90
- Third-party culpability in criminal cases, §8:10
- Social interest exception to hearsay rule, §9:110
- Admissibility of medical bills of uninsured plaintiff, §10:180
- Admissibility of character evidence to prove conduct, §11:110
- Jury views, §12:100
- Authentication of documents, §14:20
- Jury instructions on criminal defendant’s failure to timely disclose. §14:50
- Parol evidence rule and ambiguity, §15:10
- Expert testimony on child sexual abuse accommodation syndrome, §17:60
- Expert testimony on criminal defendant’s mental state, §17:120
- Scientific testimony regarding Shotspotter, ballistics, and PET scans, §17:140
- Judge disparaging counsel, §19:150
- Judge examining witnesses, §19:160
- The advocate-witness rule, §§6:170, 20:80
- Commenting on defendant’s failure to testify or produce evidence during closing, §21:90
- Misstating the law during closing, §21:110
Get answers to your questions about evidence and trial procedure supported by multiple references to current legal authority. With California Objections in your library, you have the tools you need to be a powerful courtroom advocate for your client.