Motion in Limine – pretrial request that certain inadmissible evidence not be referred to or offered at trial

Motion in Limine:
(“in lim-a-nee”)

(18c.) A pretrial request that certain inadmissible evidence not be referred to or offered at trial.  Typically, a party makes this motion when it believes that mere mention of the evidence during trial would be highly prejudicial & could not be remedied by an instruction to disregard . If, after the motion is granted, the opposing party mentions or attempts to offer the evidence in the jury’s presence, a mistrial may be ordered. A ruling on a motion in limine does not always preserve evidentiary error for appellate purposes. To raise such an error on appeal, a party may be required to formally object when the evidence is actually admitted or excluded during trial.”

References:

[1]: All definitions from: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6

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