Hi! My dissolution trial is in a couple days. We are both Pro Se. I filed all of my paperwork, my brief, my pretrial affidavit, my exhibits (can't even think what else) this past Friday (as per lcr) and I certify mailed it all to him and he received it this past Saturday (four calendar days before the day of the trial - count the trial date and it would be five days before). They told me that they assign exhibit numbers. When it comes time to ask him questions and I have him identify a document and read it, where will I get the document from? Will it be out of my stack of originals, or his stack of originals, or the court originals, or the judge's courtesy or do I need to bring additional copies of the exhibits to the trials and if so how many copies, and if so any additional documents?I was printing new copies of the exhibits and highlighting what I want him to read but it suddenly occurred to me that I can't work with new printouts which leads me to believe the court is going to give me each exhibit with an exhibit number on it? Also I haven't received any of the above from him so he has my trial brief and exhibits and whatnot but I have nothing of his. Dork that I am I went and fell on City Beach this weekend and got a concussion and now have to worry about whether or not I'll be foggy Wednesday, ergh! So now I have to be doubly sure that I'm organized (when that's already an impossibility), hence all the questions, in case I do get foggy I'll have it all there in front of me. You have all been SO GREAT here helping me thru this, thank you again SO MUCH for your help!
I practice in Florida; however, anytime I go to trial, I bring three sets of exhibits - a set of pre-marked exhibits as well as copies of each...copy for the other party and the court. The reason for this is that if I am questioning or reviewing something, everyone can look at it at the same time. If you filed all of the documents you will use as exhibits with the court, it will be part of the court file. Also, you sent a copy to the other party. However, just to be prepared, I always bring three sets.
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The court should mark the documents you actually want admitted into the record and considered by the court. Those are the documents that you draw the witness attention to. It does not hurt to bring copies of actual exhibits for everyone including the judge, but is not necessary as long as the original is admitted into evidence.
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