Practical guide for laying foundations for introducing evidence in civil cases.
Clients deserve advocacy that ensures the trier of fact is able to consider all pertinent evidence. This practical handbook is your complete trial companion for handling common evidentiary issues. From tips for structuring a trial preparation system through tackling specific evidentiary questions, this handbook guides practitioners through the process of obtaining evidence while considering the value of the case and admissibility issues before trial. Extensive sample testimony illustrates strategies for introducing evidence, responding to challenges, and eliciting testimony for authentication or impeachment. Additional valuable features include guidance on procedural requirements, common evidentiary objections and claims of privilege, adaptable forms, sample scripts for establishing foundation through testimony, required notices, foundational requirements for digital correspondence such as text messages and emails, and the full text of the Illinois Rules of Evidence and attendant comments, as amended through September 2019.
Sole Author: Richard L. Miller II, Miller PC,Chicago
Chapter 1 — Introduction
Chapter 2 — Prepare Evidence Before Trial
Chapter 3 — Obtain Evidence
Chapter 4 — Deal with Admissibility Issues Before Trial
Chapter 5 — Introduce Exhibits at Trial
Chapter 6 — Introduce Other Evidence Not Offered As Exhibits
Chapter 7 — Respond to Challenges to Admissibility of Your Evidence at Trial
Chapter 8 — Establish Foundations for Specific Types of Physical Evidence
Chapter 9 — Appendices