This guide is a quick reference to various ways in which the courts have translated the text of the Federal Rules of Evidence. It is useful for students enrolled in trial practice courses and clinics and is also helpful as an adjunct reference for students taking basic and advanced evidence courses. The 2018 edition includes dozens of recent civil and criminal cases from all of the federal circuits and includes the recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Evidence with respect to Ancient Documents and Self-Authenticating Evidence effective December 1, 2017.


Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: Career Guides
Publication Date: 08/09/2018
Related Subject(s): Career Success, Evidence

Charles B. Gibbons

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The 2018 edition of A Student’s Guide to Trial Objections updates the prior edition published in 2015. This new edition includes dozens of recent cases from all of the federal circuits spanning the full breadth of civil and criminal litigation. These developments include:

  • The amendments to Federal Rules of Evidence 803(16), Hearsay – Ancient Documents and 902(13) and (14), Self-Authenticating Evidence which became effective December 1, 2017.
  • Recent decisions involving issues of authentication and admissibility as courts confront email, Snapchats, text messages and social media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube postings.
  • Further defining whether and when hearsay statements are testimonial in nature for purposes of the Sixth Amendment right to confrontation.
It is useful for students enrolled in trial practice courses and clinics and is also helpful as an adjunct quick reference for students taking basic and advanced evidence courses.

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