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RULES FOR EXAMINING WITNESSES - MN Bench Book - Trial Procedures & Practices for Judges
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RULES FOR EXAMINING WITNESSES

From MN Bench Book - Trial Procedures & Practices for Judges

  1. State rules at trial procedure conference.
  2. State rule where attorney can be in court room when examining witness.
  3. State rule regarding requiring permission to approach witness.
  4. Describe how objections to be made. See/click on OBJECTION
    1. Attorney to stand or remain seated when making objection.
    2. Prohibit speaking objection.
    3. Attorney to state "objection” and give specific ground.
    4. Argument not allowed unless request by attorney or judge.
  5. Allow leading questions for preliminary matters.
  6. Limit re-direct and re-cross to issues raised on cross and re-direct.
  7. Understand purpose, method and limits of allowing voir dire of a witness (during direct examination) to lay a foundation for an objection.See/click on VOIR DIRE TO LAY FOUNDATION FOR OBJECTION
  8. Identify judicial intervention issues See/click on JUDGE INTERVENTION/OBJECTION TO STOP A WITNESS FROM ANSWERING A QUESTION IN THE ABSENCE OF AN OBJECTION;JUDGE ASKING QUESTIONS OF WITNESSES
    1. Is aware of limitations on intervention to aid prosecution
    2. Court objects in absence of objection from opposing attorney.
    3. Court asks questions in court trials.
  9. Does not allow attorneys to express thanks for evidence ruling.