Evidence-Wellborn SU2006 Outline

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Unformatted text preview: and Presentation a) Control by Court. The court shall exercise reasonable control over the mode and order of interrogating witnesses and presenting evidence... IN GENERAL: Trial court's discretion regarding the taking of evidence is relatively unfettered by other rules or statutory directives Trial court is granted wide discretion to allow witnesses to testify-out of turn...court is free to accommodate the schedule of an expert witness, or allowed witnesses to be recalled so that evidence may be presented in chronological order. o Nevertheless, it must still exercise its discretion reasonably! May place reasonable time limits on a party's presentation of its case. Judge may control scope of rebuttal testimony, may refuse to allow cumulative, repetitive, or irrelevant testimony, and may control the scope of examination of witnesses. Limiting Cross-examination: May limit cross-examination where interrogation becomes repetitious or unduly harassing, or where the cross is irrelevant. Limiting cross-examination: Have a...
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