I am wondering if I am going to be asked questions that have nothing to do with the case like my nationality, immigration status, work status etc... The case has nothing to do with any of those things. Can I refuse to answer questions I deem not related to the case/ can I ask WHY I am being asked certain questions before I answer the question?
Landlord / Tenant Lawyer
More information is needed regarding the type case.
If a question is ask that is objectionable, you object and the judge will determine if you should answer it. No, you cannot ask the attorney why they are asking you a question.
You should take a pro se primer on the rules of evidence. Otherwise, the trial will be very frustrating to you.
Divorce / Separation Lawyer
I agree with the prior responder with an additional comment. You should have a lawyer represent you if you do not understand the basics of trials and objections.
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Lawsuit / Dispute Attorney
Without knowing the type of case it is, your question is nearly impossible to answer. Non - lawyers (and even a lot of lawyers) consider perfectly acceptable questions to be irrelevant, and they make senseless objections. Judges have to sort through objections and determine which ones have merit. You MAY NOT ask why a question is being asked, but you may OBJECT to a question if you do not understand its relevance. The Judge will determine if the question is relevant, and if it is, you will have to answer even if you do not understand why. IF you have an attorney, the attorney is supposed to object, not you.
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Criminal Defense Attorney
Speak to your lawyer.
If you are the defendant, you are not asked any questions unless your attorney calls you to the witness stand.
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Criminal Defense Attorney
I thinking I am repeating myself but...you need to engage a good defense lawyer to ask these basic questions and get specific and correct answers,
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Phone 917 853 4484
Usually no. You must answer and it is your lawyer's job to object to the question on grounds of illegality or form or any other reason under the state rules of evidence. Generally questions about your protected status like race, religion, color, immigration status, nationality are irrelevant and illegal to question about but I think they can be asked if they go to the nature of the charges. Most defense lawyers would object anyway to preserve appeal rights if you lose at trial.
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