Evidence and Witness Testimony in a Civil Trial

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Oftentimes, witnesses will be called to the stand to testify in a civil case. There are rules and guidelines which determine who can be a witness, when a witness can refuse to testify, and what happens if someone commits perjury.

  • ContentWhat Can You Do When Someone Commits Perjury?

    Anyone who has ever had to rely on the testimony of others, whether in a criminal, civil, or administrative proceeding, has probably felt the cold knife of panic and disgust slice through their gut as someone testified in a manner they considered untruthful. Of course, many people can have many different interpretations of the same event, including some that seem wildly different than your recollection, simply because they had a different perspective.

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  • ContentHow to Sue for Damages Resulting from Perjury

    Many people have experienced this situation: in a hotly contested legal dispute, a witness lies on the stand to help out the other side. As a litigant, this can be one of the most frustrating experiences imaginable, and can literally destroy an otherwise solid case. So, is there any legal recourse against the witness that commits the perjury?

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  • ContentWhat Is a Subpoena?

    A subpoena notifies a person that he or she must appear in court at a certain location, date and time in order to provide testimony as a witness. Generally, a subpoena is issued to secure your testimony in court and not for out of court purposes, but there are some exceptions. Additionally, a subpoena may direct you to provide certain documents to the court.

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  • ContentHow is One Accused of Obstruction of Justice?

    Obstruction of justice is a unique crime that criminalizes acts against justice. Those accused of obstruction of justice may face stiff penalties because this crime is considered to undermine the validity of the justice system.

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  • ContentTo What Extent Can an Email Be Used Against You in a Case?

    Emails often do not disappear. Even if someone has deleted them, it is possible that they still exist in some form somewhere. Like with other pieces of documented evidence, an email can be used against someone in a case. However, emails have specific characteristics that put their authenticity into question.

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  • ContentSomeone Lied about Me in Court, What Can I Do?

    Perjury is an offense that someone commits in a courtroom through lying about another person or events, and the individual engaging in such activity often faces a reveal when another person is able to prove he or she did commit perjury. With these crimes, the affected person should tell the lawyer that could help reveal the truth.

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  • ContentRefuting Perjured Testimony

    When people testify in court, they are often told that they will be subject to penalty if they perjure themselves. However, there are various types of ways that a person can be subject to perjury charges. Perjury can have many disastrous consequences.

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  • ContentPerjury and Its Consequences

    Committing perjury happens in the courtroom, and its effects could lead to serious consequences for the person that engages in the activity because perjury is illegal. When lying in the courtroom when promising to tell the truth, the person could face time in jail or even extensive fines for the action of perjury.

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  • ContentWitness Perjury - Can a Criminal Defendant Get a New Trial?

    Criminal defense cases often rely on both hard-cold facts and the testimony of various witnesses to prove that the accused person of criminal activity is not guilty. However, if the witness presents a statement that is false and this affects the case directly, there are times when this could lead to direct action by the court and judge.

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  • ContentI Am Being Threatened with Perjury Charges - Should I Hire a Lawyer?

    The person that lies under oath in the courtroom commits perjury which is a criminal action by this person because it can affect the decision of the judge overseeing a criminal case that can impact the life of the accused. If the person faces charges for perjury, he or she should confer with a lawyer to determine how best to proceed.

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