What does Objection mean?
An objection is a formal protest against evidence which is introduced into the court record. This introduction can occur during the discovery process or at the trial during witness testimony.
Objections are made because legal counsel believes the introduction would violate the rules of procedure, the rules of evidence or they want to create a clear record when they ask for a motion for summary judgment. There are many different reasons an attorney may object to testimony; for instance, if it is not relevant, it is hearsay, it asks the witness to make a legal conclusion, the question is leading or the question is prejudicial. If an objection is made the court will consider whether it immediately follows the testimony, it is grounded based on a specific rule and it clearly identifies the party and testimony. If certain requirements are not met the court will overrule the objection.
Different attorneys have different strategies for objecting. Some object at every possible opportunity while others object less frequently. One of the most common reasons to object is to make a record of the proceeding which can be reviewed if the case is appealed to the Appellate Court.