Objections – oppose something that occurred or is about to occur: seek an immediate ruling on the point

vb. (15C)

1. To state in opposition; to put forward as an, objection <the prosecution objected that the defendant’s discovery requests were untimely>.

2. To state or put forward an objection, especially to something in a judicial proceeding <the defense objected to the testimony on the ground that it was privileged>. — objectorn.

n. ( 18c)

1. A formal statement opposing something that has occurred, or is about to occur, in court and seeking the judge’s immediate ruling on the point.  *  The party objecting must usually state the basis for the objection to preserve the right to appeal an adverse ruling,  See PLEADING (quot). [1]

1. A protest against a determination by the court, especially a ruling upon the admissibility of evidence.  The ordinary method of raising in the trial court a question which would not otherwise appear upon the record, the matter being brought to the attention of the trial court for his ruling, and, when the ruling is adverse, followed with an exception thereto to be noted in the record.  Calling attention in a proceeding before an administrative body to nonobservance or noncompliance with the provisions of the law. 2 Am J2d Admin L § 425.
     See exception; protest. [2]

1. The customary method, during a trial or hearing, of calling the attention of the judge or hearing officer to some aspect of the proceeding which one believes to be illegal or improper (EXAMPLE: an attempt by the adverse party to introduce hearsay evidence), and of seeking a ruling on the matter. [3]

Types of Objections:

continuing objection – a single objection to all the questions in a given line of questioning. — aka running objection.

frivolous objection – a petty, often baseless, objection.

general objection – an objection made without specifying any grounds in support of the objection.

speaking objection – an (often prohibited) objection that contains more information (often in the form of argument) than needed by the judge to sustain or overrule it.

specific objection – accompanied by a statement of one or more grounds in support of the objection.

standing objection – made to an opposing lawyer’s entire line of questioning instead of repeating question-by-question objections.

vexatious objection – made to delay, annoy, or otherwise impede a proceeding solely for tactical reasons.


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition
 by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[3]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition
by Jack Ballantine 
(James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.


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