Virginia Evidence for the Trial Lawyer

Written by Virginia trial lawyers for Virginia trial lawyers. A VTLA classic publication, Virginia Evidence for the Trial Lawyer has been completely revised in conformity with the Virginia Rules of Evidence to provide a useful guide and resource to practicing trial lawyers.

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A VTLA classic publication, Virginia Evidence for the Trial Lawyer has been completely revised to provide a useful guide and resource to practicing trial lawyers. Written by two leading attorneys in Virginia, this valuable resource offers practical guidance and authoritative commentary on the laws and rules that govern the collection and presentation of evidence in a trial. This publication carefully analyzes each topic within the context of relevant primary and secondary sources such as state and federal statutes, rules of evidence, and court rulings, and provides a comprehensive framework for understanding and interpreting the law of trial evidence in Virginia.

Topics covered in this revised edition include:

  • Objections
  • Motions
  • Relevancy
  • Privileges
  • Witnesses
  • Experts
  • Opinion Testimony
  • Hearsay
  • Authentication and Identifications
  • And much more!

Complete with an appendix containing the Federal Rules of Evidence, this new edition is convenient and portable. It is sure to be an essential resource for trial practice in Virginia.

You will not want to miss this revised and updated manual designed to put dispositive evidence rules at your fingertips. Whether you use the book as a quick reference in court or to take a deeper dive to prepare a motion in limine, you will not want to miss the updates to Virginia evidence law since 2018 that are included in this new edition, such as:

  • A complete replacement to Rule 6:606 describing when inquiries can be made into jury deliberations.
  • What medical issues a chiropractor, podiatrist, physician assistant, or nurse may address in testimony.
  • Application of the waiver doctrine to motions in limine.
  • Allowing cross examination of a defense expert regarding ties to an insurance company and expansion of the scope of "substantial relationship".
  • What may be admitted from the report of a medical examiner.
  • The lay opinion doctrine applied to testimony about the thought processes of another person.

The 2019 Edition ISBN was 9781522183945.

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Table of contents

  Chapter 1  General Provisions 

Chapter 2  Judicial Notice

Chapter 3  Presumptions in Civil Proceedings

Chapter 4  Relevancy, Policy, and Character Trait Proof

Chapter 5  Privileges

Chapter 6  Witness Examination

Chapter 7  Opinions and Expert Testimony

Chapter 8  Hearsay

Chapter 9  Authentication

Chapter 10  Best Evidence

Chapter 11  Applicability

Chapter 12  Evidence Doctrine in Personal Injury Litigation

Chapter 13  Other Grounds of Exclusion

Federal Rules of Evidence
Table of Cases
Table of Statutes