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A unique practice tool for civil practitioners, providing substantive and procedural guidance to the evidentiary issues encountered throughout the trial process.
Covers alternative actions before and during trial, jury selection, motions and objections relating to direct and cross-examination, and much more. Relying on the California Evidence Code and Code of Civil Procedure, related California code sections, rules of court and relevant cases, the guide features:
• Scripts on what to say in court - opening statements, motions, objections, responses, arguments, and closing arguments
• Scripts for oral depositions
• Direct quotes of relevant statutes
• Case summaries with direct quotes
• Master checklists for determining when to make various motions - pointing out potential problems with specific evidence, and listing the foundational requirements for admissions of specific kinds of evidence
• Practice points
• Checklists and organizational aids to help in trial preparation
The Trial Guide consists of seven office books and a trial book.
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Table of contents
DIVISION I MASTER CHECKLISTS
Master Checklist 1 Motions
Master Checklist 2 Documentary Evidence Issues
Master Checklist 3 Foundations
Master Checklist 4 Deposition Preparation Checklist: Deposing Attorney
Master Checklist 5 Deposition Preparation Checklist: Defending Attorney
Master Checklist 6 Deposition Examination Checklist: Deposing Attorney
Master Checklist 7 Deposition Examination Checklist: Defending Attorney
DIVISION II MAKING AND RESPONDING TO NON-EVIDENTIARY MOTION BEFORE AND DURING TRIAL
UNIT 1 Motions for Continuance and Dismissal
UNIT 2 Motions Relating to Pleadings
UNIT 3 Other Nonevidentiary Motions
UNIT 4 Pretrial Evidentiary Motions
DIVISION III TRIAL: THE JURY
UNIT 10 Voir Dire Examination
UNIT 11 Opening Statement
DIVISION IV TRIAL: PRESENTING AND OBJECTING TO EVIDENCE
UNIT 20 Procedural Rules for Presentation of Evidence
UNIT 21 Procedures for Determining Admissibility of Evidence
UNIT 30 Authentication
UNIT 31 Secondary Evidence of Writings
UNIT 40 Hearsay
UNIT 50 Extrinsic Policies Affecting or Excluding Evidence
UNIT 51 Privileges
UNIT 60 Opinion Testimony
UNIT 65 Presentation of Demonstrative Evidence
UNIT 70 Cross-Examination
DIVISION V TRIAL: MAKING AND RESPONDING TO CHALLENGES TO LEGAL SUFFICIENCY OF EVIDENCE
UNIT 80 Motions for Nonsuit, Directed Verdict, and Judgment
DIVISION VI TRIAL: CLOSING ARGUMENT AND JURY DELIBERATION
UNIT 90 Closing Argument
UNIT 91 Jury Deliberations and Rendition of Verdict
UNIT 92 Motions for New Trial – Evidentiary Issues
DIVISION VII CONTEMPT
UNIT 95 Contempt Proceedings during Trial
DIVISION VIII DEPOSITION
UNIT 100 The Oral Deposition
Table of Cases
Table of Statutes
DIVISION IX Trial Book