Trial Exhibit Procedures


Overview

An exhibit is the document or other tangible item a party seeks to have the judge accept at trial as valid evidence in the case. An exhibit does not become evidence in the case until the judge rules that it is accepted as evidence in the case.

Procedure

  • Non-Domestic Civil Cases - Parties must file with the Clerk of the Court a list of exhibits specifically identifying each exhibit to be introduced at trial on or before the date stated in the Scheduling Order. A copy of all exhibits not previously supplied in discovery must be delivered to opposing counsel or party on or before the date stated in the Scheduling Order.

  • Domestic Cases - Parties must file with the Clerk of the Court and serve the opposing counsel or party a list of exhibits specifically identifying each exhibit to be introduced at trial at least fifteen (15) days prior to the trial date. A copy of all exhibits not previously supplied in discovery must be delivered to opposing counsel or party at least fifteen (15) days prior to the trial date.

The original, labeled exhibits must be brought to court the day of trial. The Case Tracking Program does not give out exhibit labels.

Exhibit Format:

  • Exhibits should be on standard size paper and inserted into binders. If necessary, pictures should be taken of the large exhibits and inserted into the binders. Counsel/Pro se parties must bring to trial a sufficient number of binders with pre-marked exhibits so that one binder each can be given to the judge, opposing counsel, and placed on the witness stand.

  • The Exhibit List Form should be completed and inserted into the front of the binder. Please do not mark anything in the last two columns.

  • Mark each exhibit with appropriate labels. Record both the exhibit and case number on the labels. Please leave sufficient space for the Judge's initials and the date.

Forms

Exhibit List Form PDF icon.


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