As a litigant, you are often tasked with giving objections during trial. You might be wondering what some of the most common objections are. Here are a few of the most common attorney objections:
1. Leading Question – A leading question is one that suggests the answer or one that could only be answered in a particular way. For example, “Isn’t it true that you were in the park at the time of the robbery?” This question suggests that the person was in the park and implies that they committed the robbery. Leading questions are generally impermissible on direct examination, but are permissible on cross-examination.
2. Hearsay – Hearsay is a statement that is made out of court by someone other than the witness. For example, “My neighbor told me that she saw the defendant commit the murder.” This statement cannot be used as evidence because it is not coming from the mouth of the person who actually witnessed the crime.
3. Relevance – Relevance refers to evidence that is not directly related to the case at hand. For example, if you are trying a case about a car accident, evidence about the defendant’s style of clothing would not be relevant.
4. Speculation – Speculation occurs when an attorney makes an argument based on conjecture or guesswork rather than evidence. For example, “I speculate that the defendant was under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident.” This statement is not based on any facts or evidence and could not be used in court.