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Definition of Objection

An objection is made by an attorney if they want to establish disapproval concerning a specific point of law or procedure during the course of a trial. Objections in court during a trial or proceeding can be evaluated later by an appellate court if they are asked to evaluate the lower court's actions. Some lawyers recommend never objecting while others object at every possible opportunity. There are several considerations but one is whether the lawyer wants to draw additional attention to the testimony or if they want to protect the record for appeal.

Different lawyers have different strategies for objecting. Common reasons a lawyer may object are under the following conditions: (1) A violation of the pre trial motion in limine (2) against evidence which is prejudicial or which should be inadmissible (3) excessive personal attacks on the witness (4) when you need an issue to be available for an appeal (5) matters that call for an exercise of discretion in deciding.

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