Revised to December 1, 2007
During the course of the trial, counsel for either party may object to a question asked by the other lawyer. It is the responsibility of counsel to object to evidence which he or she believes is not properly admissible, and you should not be prejudiced in any way against a lawyer who makes objections. When that happens, I will rule on that objection. If I sustain the objection, you will not hear an answer to the question and you should not wonder why it was asked or speculate as to what an answer might be. If I overrule an objection, you will hear an answer to the question and you may give it whatever consideration you feel it is entitled to.
There may be times when counsel or the court may ask that you be excused when arguments or objections are made. Those arguments often include matters of evidence that the court may eventually exclude. The reason that I ask you to step out is to assure that you will not hear evidence that is not properly admissible and not to keep from you evidence that you should hear.