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Abstract

An uninterrupted offer of evidence by an attorney during a trial in North Carolina is a rare if not unknown experience in the workday of a Superior Court Judge. At some stage of the proceedings the legally abused and commonly misunderstood word "objection" will be interposed. Objections shatter the presentation of the case being pursued by the offering counsel. Objections generally generate delay, create discord, cause confusion when a novel point is presented, and always require a response from the judge. Because the judge's response provides the roots for appeal, he, as well as counsel, must be knowledgeable of the rules in dealing with improper objections, such as those which lack merit, waste time, needlessly change momentum, and serve to delay or harass.

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