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What does supporting the objection mean?

DURING a trial or deposition, the word “objection” is often used by a lawyer to formally protest against what is being said.

But what does it mean when the judge answers “supported”?


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What does it mean to support the objection in court?

When a lawyer objects, they are signaling that they want the judge to reject the opposing party’s testimony or question.

According to Cornell Law School, it would be their belief that what is being said somehow violates the rules of evidence or other procedural laws.

During a trial, objections are usually raised when the opposing party asks a question or asks to put an exhibit into evidence.

When a judge decides that the objection is “upheld”, it means that he agrees that the question was inappropriate under the rules of evidence.

What does supporting the objection mean?


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The witness may not answer the question, but if he answers anyway, his answer may be “stripped” by a motion to strike.

A good rule of thumb to remember how it works is backed up means stop.

If a judge does not agree with the objection, he will say “cancelled” and the procedure can continue.

In some cases, the judge will ask the lawyer to rephrase his question.

Here are some common reasons for objections:

  • Irrelevant – the testimony given after a question is asked or the particular piece of evidence is not relevant to the case
  • Violation of the hearsay rule
  • Questioned and answered
  • Speculative – the question asks the witness to speculate about something
  • Violation of the best evidence rule
  • Violation of the hearsay rule
  • First


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