Weissenberger's Michigan Evidence Courtroom Manual

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LexisNexis, May 25, 2012 - Law - 444 pages
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Designed specifically for trial use, Michigan Evidence Courtroom Manual's purpose is to provide fast, concise, and authoritative answers to most of the evidentiary questions which arise in the course of trials and hearings, as well as in trial preparation. It accomplishes this through a unique combination of trial-tested features, including:

•   Rules: The complete rules are collected at the beginning of the book. Individual rules are also at the beginning of the chapter in which the rule is discussed.
•  Commentary: Perhaps the most important part of this book, the author's Commentary provides a quick overview of the rule under discussion, guidance in interpreting the rule, and helpful pointers for applying the rule in actual practice. In many chapters the Commentary contains special features such as Illustrations, Constitutional Considerations, and Current Trends.
•  Authority: Following each chapter's Commentary, additional authorities are cited. These give the user a starting point for additional research.
•  Comparison to Federal Rule: A brief comparison of the Michigan and federal rules in each chapter provides additional insight.
•  Cases: Recent significant cases are summarized at the end of each chapter. These provide support for argument and decisions required during the course of proceedings.


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Limited Admissibility
Presumptions in General in Civil Actions and Proceedings
Relevant Evidence Generally Admissible Irrelevant Evidence Inadmissible
Character Evidence Not Admissible to Prove Conduct Exceptions Other Crimes
Methods of Proving Character
Subsequent Remedial Measures
Compromise and Offers to Compromise
Testimony by Experts
Bases of Opinion Testimony by Experts
Opinion on Ultimate Issue
Disclosure of Facts or Data Underlying Expert Opinion
CourtAppointed Experts
Use of Learned Treatises for Impeachment ARTICLE VIII HEARSAY Chapter
Hearsay Rule

Payment of Medical and Similar Expenses
Inadmissibility of Pleas Offers of Pleas and Related Statements
Liability Insurance ARTICLE V PRIVILEGES Chapter
General Rule ARTICLE VI WITNESSES Chapter 601 General Rule of Competency
Lack of Personal Knowledge
Oath or Affirmation
Competency of Judge as Witness
Competency of Juror as Witness
Who May Impeach
Evidence of Character and Conduct of Witness
Impeachment by Evidence of Conviction of Crime
Religious Beliefs or Opinions
Mode and Order of Interrogation and Presentation
Writing or Object Used to Refresh Memory
Prior Statements of Witnesses
Calling and Interrogation of Witnesses by Court
Opinion Testimony by Lay Witnesses
Hearsay Exceptions Availability of Declarant Immaterial
803A Hearsay Exceptions Childs Statement About Sexual
Hearsay Exceptions Declarant Unavailable
Hearsay Within Hearsay
Attacking and Supporting Credibility of Declarant ARTICLE IX AUTHENTICATION AND IDENTIFICATION Chapter
Requirement of Authentication or Identification
Subscribing Witnesss Testimony Unnecessary
CONTENTS OF WRITINGS RECORDINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS Chapter 1001 Contents of Writings Recordings and Photographs Definitions
Requirement of Original
Admissibility of Duplicates
Admissibility of Other Evidence of Contents
Public Records
Testimony or Written Admission of Party
Functions of Court and Jury

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