Posted on June 14, 2013 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Most cases are won by witnesses and evidence, not by attorneys. Preparing your client to tell his or her own story effectively is an important aspect of trial and can make your case. (more…)
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Legal Topics, Litigation Strategy, Trial Strategy | Tagged: cross-examination, friendly witness, re-direct, testimony, trial, trial preparation, witness, witness preparation | 1 Comment »
Posted on February 27, 2013 by Julie Brook, Esq.
What do you do when a witness says one thing during his or her deposition and a very different thing when on the stand at trial? Impeach! (more…)
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Legal Topics, Litigation Strategy, Young Lawyers | Tagged: deposition, hearsay, impeachment, prior inconsistent statement, testimony, witness, witness testimony | 1 Comment »
Posted on December 3, 2012 by Julie Brook, Esq.
It’s one of those legal concepts that is imbedded in popular culture: the privilege not to testify against one’s spouse. Let’s go a bit deeper than the privilege’s depiction in movies and TV and consider the scope and limitations on the marital privilege under California law. (more…)
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: marital privilege, privilege, spousal privilege, testimony, trial, witnesses | 4 Comments »
Posted on August 22, 2012 by Julie Brook, Esq.
One more trial decision for you: Do you want to keep nonparty witnesses out of the courtroom while other witnesses testify or let them stay and listen in? (more…)
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Posted on June 6, 2011 by cebca
In the wake of the California Supreme Court’s landmark decision Elkins v Superior Court (2007) 41 C4th 1337, then Chief Justice Ron George created a task force to look into measures that could be undertaken to ease the burden on both overcrowded courts and the large number (approximately 70%) of unrepresented family law litigants. The drafters of the Elkins Family Law Task Force: Final Report and Recommendations, issued April 2010, expressed concern, among other things, over the drastic reduction of live testimony in family court, which they felt deprived family law litigants of due process. In 2010 the legislature introduce a package of new statutes designed to address the concerns of the Elkins Task force (Assembly Bill 939). The Judicial Council duly adopted a new rule, effective July 1, 2011, that relates to the new statutes, Cal Rules of Ct 5.119.
Filed under: Family Law, Legal Topics, New Legal Developments | Tagged: AB 939, depositions, due process, Elkins, Family Code, family law cases, testimony | 2 Comments »