Mock Trial Strategies

How to Make Objections

How to Make Objections

Scott County Courthouse, Winchester, Illinois 1885

  • Objection must be timely
    • Object to the question before the answer
    • Object to the answer as soon as you realize the testimony is objectionable
    • Object to the document when used or offered
  • Rise and say, “Objection”
  •  State the rule (hearsay, relevancy, etc.) and, if necessary, very briefly, the grounds .
    • Do not argue the objection yet, but be prepared to argue
    • The court should give the other side a chance to respond first
    • If the court looks back to you then give your argument
  • Accept the court’s ruling gracefully.

     

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