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The procedure and evidence rules and case law needed throughout trial in an easy-to-use format!
Texas Trial Procedure and Evidence is a single indispensable resource for trial lawyers in Texas state civil court. Since trials invariably involve issues of both procedure and evidence, this manual provides:
• Quick-reference guide to Texas evidentiary predicates
• Predicates for the admission of exhibits
• Wording and authority for key objections
• Forms for the various motions and requests that arise during trial
Texas Trial Procedure and Evidence addresses the common issues that arise throughout the various phases of trial, starting with final pretrial hearings, progressing through jury selection, opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations, the court charge conference, closing arguments, deliberations, verdict, post-trial motions, judgment and post-judgment motions in the trial court. The special rules governing bench trials, expedited trials and justice court trials are covered.
• Relevance issues, including unfair prejudice, and character and habit evidence
• Quick-reference guide to Texas evidentiary trial objections
• Quick-reference guide to Texas trial motions and requests
• Texas Rules of Civil Procedure
• Texas Rules of Evidence
Evidence coverage includes:
• Witness competency and witness credibility issues
• Opinion testimony, including expert relevance and reliability issues and lay opinion testimony
• Hearsay, hearsay exclusions, and hearsay exceptions
• Authentication and offer of documentary evidence
• Best evidence rule
• Judicial notice of law and of fact
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Table of contents
Chapter 1: Variances Amongst Texas Courts and Trial Judges
Chapter 2: Special Rules Governing Expedited Trials
Chapter 3: New Rules Governing Justice Court Trials
Chapter 4: Procedural Rules Governing Bench Trials
Chapter 5: Rules Governing Courtroom Conduct
Chapter 6: Final Pretrial Hearing
Chapter 7: Jury Selection
Chapter 8: Opening Statement
Chapter 9: Witness Competency
Chapter 10: Examination of Lay Witnesses
Chapter 11: Examination of Expert Witnesses
Chapter 12: Credibility and Impeachment
Chapter 13: Offering Evidence and Preserving Error
Chapter 14: Relevance
Chapter 15: Authentication
Chapter 16: Hearsay-Generally
Chapter 17: Hearsay Exceptions
Chapter 18: Expert Testimony
Chapter 19: The Best Evidence Rule
Chapter 20: Judicial Notice
Chapter 21: Privileges
Chapter 22: Trial Motions and Trial Amendments
Chapter 23: The Jury Charge and the Charge Conference
Chapter 24: Closing Argument
Chapter 25: Jury Deliberations
Chapter 26: Verdict and Judgment
Chapter 27: Post-Judgment Motions in the Trial Court