Never lose a civil case in Texas on evidentiary or procedural grounds.
With this single source reference designed specifically for civil practitioners, you will increase your effectiveness and productivity. Comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date, Texas Civil Trial Guide will help you admit the evidence you need, exclude your opponent's evidence, and avoid critical mistakes. Coverage includes:
• Presenting and opposing motions in limine, using affidavits as foundations for documentary evidence
• Assertion of privileges, admission of testimony, expert opinions, and documentary evidence, and effective cross-examination
• Leading case authorities
• Procedural guidance concerning trial settings, continuances, special exceptions and pleadings, amendments, oral depositions, recusal motions, consolidation and severance, jury selction, motions for judgment, and closing argument.
Benefit from step-by-step guidance and a variety of practice-friendly features.
This indispensable practice tool provides substantive and procedural guidance to all the evidentiary issues you could encounter throughout the trial process in Texas. Includes five easy-to-update office books and a trial book. Simply copy relevant material from office books and place behind tabs in trial book for use in court.
Whether you're a new or experienced trial attorney, you'll also save time with helpful practice aids such as: how to object and how to respond to an objection on all grounds- relevancy, competency, "best evidence," and hearsay; scripts on what to say in court; direct quotes of relevant statutes and rules; master checklists of motions; and much more.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1 TRIAL SETTINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
CHAPTER 2 CONTINUANCES
CHAPTER 3 NONSUIT AND DISMISSAL FOR WANT OF PROSECUTION
CHAPTER 4 CHANGES IN PLEADINGS
CHAPTER 5 NON-EVIDENTIARY MOTIONS
CHAPTER 6 EVIDENTIARY MOTIONS
CHAPTER 7 AFFIDAVITS FOR INTRODUCTION OF EVIDENCE
CHAPTER 10 VOIR DIRE EXAMINATION OF THE JURY PANEL
CHAPTER 20 PROCEDURAL RULES FOR PRESENTATION OF EVIDENCE
CHAPTER 21 PROCEDURES FOR DETERMINING ADMISSIBILITY OF EVIDENCE
CHAPTER 22 RULES AFFECTING ADMISSIBILITY OF EVIDENCE
CHAPTER 23 EXTRINSIC POLICIES AFFECTING OR EXCLUDING EVIDENCE
CHAPTER 30 AUTHENTICATION
CHAPTER 31 SECONDARY EVIDENCE OF WRITINGS: BEST EVIDENCE RULE
CHAPTER 40 HEARSAY
CHAPTER 50 PRIVILEGES
CHAPTER 60 OPINION TESTIMONY
CHAPTER 70 CROSS-EXAMINATION
CHAPTER 80 MOTIONS FOR JUDGMENT
CHAPTER 90 CLOSING ARGUMENTS
CHAPTER 100 ORAL DEPOSITIONS