California Evidentiary Foundations
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California Evidentiary Foundations is the ideal one-volume guide for overcoming common, and not-so-common, evidentiary problems in the courtroom. This accessible, popular manual shows you how to frame predicate questions to gain admission or exclusion of specific types of evidence and includes a list of the foundational elements and examples of specific lines of questioning for establishing these elements. Each foundation is accompanied by a clear explanation of the supporting principles of California evidence law. Packed with proven trial techniques, California Evidentiary Foundations will help you prepare for every evidentiary challenge you may face at trial.
California Evidentiary Foundations takes the abstract principles of evidence and organizes them into concise statements, and illustrates their uses with sample transcripts of the elements being applied in the courtroom. The publication helps attorneys focus their case around a theme and understand the theories behind proving up evidence in both civil and criminal cases.
This concise manual includes complete references to the California Evidence Code, Rules of Court, key cases, legislative history, and citations to secondary authorities such as Jefferson, Witkin, and CEB texts.
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Table of contents
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Objections and Offers of Proof
Chapter 3. The Competency of Witnesses
Chapter 4. Logical Relevance; Personal Knowledge and Authentication
Chapter 5. Limitations on Credibility Evidence
Chapter 6. Limitations on Evidence That Is Relevant to the Merits of the Case
Chapter 7. Secondary Evidence Rule
Chapter 8. Opinion Evidence
Chapter 9. The Hearsay Rule and Its Exceptions
Chapter 10. Statutory Privileges and Similar Doctrines
Chapter 11. Constitutional Privileges—The Exclusionary Rules
Chapter 12. Substitutes for Evidence