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Introduction to Getting an Exhibit Admitted Into Evidence

1) Mark the exhibit, i.e. Plaintiff's Exhibit 1

2) When the time is right in the witness's testimony, tell the Court that you want to introduce something (such as Plaintiff's Exhibit 1) into evidence.

3) Ask the witness what it is and how they know that.

4) Show it to the other side. Remember, they should already have a copy from when you exchanged your exhibit lists.

5) If the other side does not object, you can ask to have it admitted. If the other side objects, you will have to explain to the Judge why you think the objection is wrong and why the evidence should be admitted.

6) The Judge will decide whether to admit it or not.

7) Once it is admitted, you can go on asking the witnesses questions about it to make your case.


EXAMPLE

WHAT YOU MIGHT SAY TO ADMIT A LETTER FROM THE OTHER SIDE

You: The defendant wrote me a letter on August 12 in which she told me that I would never see my son again. I have the letter here, marked Plaintiff's Exhibit 1 for identification. I know this is from her because it is her handwriting and signature. We have been married 10 years and I know her writing well. I sent a copy of this letter to the defendant's lawyer with my exhibit list. I ask that it be admitted into evidence.

Judge: Is there an objection?

Defendant's lawyer: No. (Although he might object on some other evidentiary grounds.)

Judge: Plaintiff's Exhibit 1 is admitted into evidence.

You: Judge, I will now read the relevant section to the court.

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Rev. 16 February 2006
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