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November 17, 2015 Practice Points

A Short Primer on Objections

By Richard Cozzola

In this article, Stuart Israel gives at least five critical tips on objections that all advocates, including those working with children and youth, need to remember.

  1. Object only if you have good reason

  2. Object only when necessary

  3. Use the traditional language of objections

  4. State the legal basis for your objections

  5. Prepare to lose objections.

Write the list down and bring the list with you the next time you have an evidentiary hearing.

Richard Cozzola is with Children and Families Practice Group in Chicago, Illinois.

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