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 14 HIGHLIGHTS
The new edition of California Objections: Civil and Criminal brings you 19 updated chapters addressing more than 100 recent cases, plus a new objection added to the 125+ objections already in the book:
Objection: Proposed pleading amendment is untimely or prejudicial. Pattern language, commentary, tactics for objecting and responding, and case summaries are included.
New cases and updated text cover a broad range of topics. For example:
- Court’s obligation to advise a defendant of the mechanics of a jury trial in a waiver colloquy.
- Excusing jurors based on questionnaire answers in capital cases.
- Race neutral reasons for challenging a juror.
- Admissibility of exculpatory portion of declaration against penal interest.
- Methods of proving a conviction of a sexually violent offense.
- Privileged status of invoices for legal services.
- Factors courts should consider when determining whether inadvertent disclosure waived attorney-client privilege.
- Privileged status of confidential attorney-client communications disclosed to a retained expert.
- When a predecessor trustee may rely on attorney-client privilege to withhold confidential documents in trust’s files from a successor.
- Disclosure of informant’s identity by prosecution when informant is a material witness.
- Exclusion under collateral source rule of gratuitous payments by employer.
- Threshold for admissibility of uncharged crimes evidence.
PHOTOGRAPHS AND RECORDINGS
- Requirements for presenting a sound-and-video recording of a deposition or prior testimony.
- Requirements for presenting a sound or sound-and-video recording other than a deposition or prior testimony.
- Jurors’ use of a transcript as an aid while listening to a sound recording.
- Expert testimony on gang behavior and language.
- Expert testimony on excessive use of force.
- Impeachment of an expert by defendant’s suppressed statement during sanity phase of criminal trial.
- Admissibility of expert testimony based on hearsay.
- When an attorney may be disqualified for violation of the “State Fund rule.”
- Disqualification of attorney for conflict of interest when representing a client in multiple class actions.
- Scope of appellate review when prosecution in a criminal case elects in opening statement or closing argument to tie each count to a specific criminal act.
- Proper and improper appeals to jurors during closing argument.