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Object to, Admit, and Authenticate Evidence on the Move

There's a great smartphone app called Federal Evidence Applied, available for download here for the iPhone: , for $1.99, which is a great tool to have in the courtroom. The app is from David Shroyer, who is apparently a private developer, but it gives every sign of being extremely well thought-out. It is designed to take you through the steps of objecting to, admitting or authenticating evidence in a federal trial, through a series of guided menus. You can select a type of evidence:

. . . answer questions with respect to the nature of this evidence:

. . . and ultimately conclude in a green or red screen which indicates if the evidence can come in.

After questions concerning the admissibility of a police report . . .

. . . the user will be prompted run an authentication screen:

. . . in order to show what must be done to verify that a document is genuine.

An additional screen can then be run to check to see if the document satisfies the Best Evidence Rule.

Additional automated screens are available for competency; relevancy; prejudicial impact; hearsay; confirming the form of a question by an attorney is appropriate; different types of evidence (such as deposition or judicial notice of some fact); and when a court can make a preliminary determination on admissibility.

A separate guided menu is available to check to see what needs to be done to lay the ground for an objection to the admission of evidence.

The app also includes the text of the Federal Rules of Evidence.

Assuming you can get permission to bring your phone into a courtroom, this is a great tool to quickly help an attorney look up the steps she needs to follow to get evidence in, or keep it out.


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