Practical Know-How
Skill Building

Florida Civil Trial Practice

A practitioner's guide to litigating civil cases in Florida, this volume gives practical advice and information for each stage of the trial process.

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This is the best place to begin your research or refresh your knowledge of trial practice, from the decision whether to seek jury trial, to orders and judgments. Successfully combining practical and reference information, this manual picks up where Florida Civil Practice Before Trial leaves off.

Experienced litigators share their knowledge and provide:

  • Practical advice on making successful opening and closing statements
  • Information on compelling attendance of, and examining, witnesses
  • Tips on jury selection
  • Guidance on getting evidence admitted
  • Requirements for motions, orders, and judgments
  • Numerous helpful forms and checklists

Highlights of the new Thirteenth Edition:

  • Updated rules, statutes, and recent case law—including the revised Statewide Uniform Guidelines for Taxation of Costs in Civil Actions—and removal of obsolete material.
  • Updated resources regarding the ethical practice of law.
  • New section on consolidating claims or issues.
  • Rewrites of sections on accident report admissibility; recovery of costs.
  • New material related to practicing remotely; preserving objections; peremptory challenges; avoiding pitfalls in opening statements; journalists’ privilege; relevance; impeachment of witnesses; preserving evidence; recovery of attorney's fees.
  • Updated material on jurisdictional requirements; “procedural” or “case” jurisdiction; grounds for judicial disqualification; Florida's whistleblower statutes; excusing jurors; juror questionnaires; opinion testimony; expert testimony; admissibility of documents and electronic communications; standard jury instructions; verdict forms; electronic filing; judgments.
  • Elaboration on juror communications; preparation for cross-examination; pretrial planning; drafting jury instructions; enforcement of orders.
  • Clarification of terms and case descriptions.

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The 12th Edition ISBN was 9781522177012.

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Table of contents

 Chapter 1  The Trial Lawyer
Wendy B. Accardi

Chapter 2  The Trial Court
Hon. Stephen Scott Stephens

Chapter 3  Trial By Court Or By Jury
Michael Fox Orr and Miguel J. Chamorro

Chapter 4  Trial Notebook
Lindsey Patrick Lopez

Chapter 5  Compelling Attendance of Witnesses And Production Of Evidence
Gregory P. Borgognoni

Chapter 6  Making A Proper Record
Joel D. Eaton

Chapter 7  Jury Selection, Jury Concealment Or Nondisclosure, And Juror Communications
Ralph Artigliere

Chapter 8  Opening Statement
Hon. Mark W. Klingensmith

Chapter 9  Exclusion of Witnesses And Limitations On Testimony
Steven A. Fox

Chapter 10  Direct Examination
Gregory P. Brown and Erik P. Raines

Chapter 11  Cross-Examination
Edward M. Mullins and Ana M. Barton

Chapter 12  Expert Witnesses
John F. Eversole III

Chapter 13  Documentary Evidence
Ralph Artigliere

Chapter 14  Demonstrative Evidence
Christopher M. Drury

Chapter 15  Motions
Daniel K. Bean

Chapter 16  Summation
Greg Hoag and Weston Smith

Chapter 17  Jury Instructions And Verdicts
Ralph Artigliere and Adam Artigliere

Chapter 18  Posttrial Motions
Andrew Needle

Chapter 19  Costs, Fees, And Interest
W. Hampton Keen

Chapter 20  Orders And Judgments
Michael W. Marcil and Jennifer Nicole