- This is a lawyer’s protest about the legal propriety of a question which has been asked of a witness by the opposing attorney. Objections may be made because the witness is incompetent to testify, meaning that the witness does not have first hand observations, helpful to determine one or more facts at issue. Objections are also made because the evidence offered is irrelevant, meaning the question is not about the issues in the trial; hearsay, meaning the answer would be what someone told the witness rather than what he or she knew first-hand; leading, meaning putting words in the mouth of one’s own witness; calls for a conclusion, meaning asking for opinion, not facts; compound question, meaning two or more questions asked together; or lack of foundation, referring to a document lacking testimony as to authenticity or source. The judge will either “sustain” the objection, ruling out the question, or “overrule” the objection, allowing the question in.
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