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California Supreme Court states that family court may not restrict oral testimony

February 25, 2008

The California Supreme Court has invalidated a county court rule that required divorce trials be submitted on written declarations and prohibited oral testimony except in “unusual
circumstances.” The rule also required parties to establish in their pretrial declarations the admissibility of all exhibits they sought to introduce at trial. A divorce litigant whose evidence was excluded because he had failed to establish its admissibility in the pretrial stage challenged both sets of rules. Download elkinssupreme_court_decision.pdf

Warren Shiell is a Los Angeles Divorce Attorney

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