It is what we all think of when we picture a trial. On one side of the isle is the trial attorney for the defense who is grilling the witness, and on the other is the attorney for the prosecution who commonly interjects with: I object!
What we don’t normally consider is what the heck is being objected to. This got us thinking; what are the most common courtroom objections? Here are some of the most common grounds for objection in a court room.
I object! The question is ambiguous.
In these cases, the objecting attorney is simply claiming that the question being asked may be misunderstood by the witness, and thus, the response should not be considered by the jury. A question may be deemed ambiguous if it may be misunderstood by the witness. It is objectionable on the ground that it may take on more than one meaning.
I object! The question is argumentative.
A question can be considered argumentative if it is asked with the express intention to persuade the judge and jury rather than to draw out information. Also, an argumentative question calls for an argument in the answer in response to the argument in the question. Finally, an argumentative question will typically not call for any new facts and instead simply ask the witness to concede to information from past examinations.
I object! The question is leading.
A question can be considered leading when it strongly suggests the answer that would benefit the examining party. Leading questions contain an implicit assumption, which may or may not be present in the evidence of a given case.
Do you have any objections to add to the list? Please let us know in the comments below!