The court on summary judgment overruled my evidentiary objections based solely on the claim that my Objections Interlineated in my Separate Statement. Do such rulings usually get reversed?
No. In the first place, an appellate court will not reverse a trial court's evidentiary rulings. The appellate court can only affirm or reverse the judgment.
It is not at all common for an appellate court to reverse a judgment based on a trial court's evidentiary ruling. Most such rulings are considered "harmless error"; that is, they did not necessarily change the outcome of the case. Even if you can prove that an evidentiary ruling was incorrect, the appellate court will still affirm the judgment if the trial court could have reached the same conclusion regardless.
On the contrary, most judgments are affirmed on appeal and appeals based on evidentiary rulings probably more so than appeals in general, because evidentiary rulings are usually reviewed under a highly deferential "abuse of discretion" standard. There is a lot of gray area in rulings on evidentiary objections and whatever ruling the judge makes is likely to fall within the broad boundaries of what is correct. Also an error in ruling on evidence is likely to be found harmless by an appellate court. So the appellant in such a case has a tough climb in order to have the judgment reversed.
I believe you are asking whether the court of appeal will likely reverse an evidentiary ruling that was based on a technicality (improper formatting) rather than merits. California courts are divided over whether evidentiary rulings in motions for summary judgment are reviewed on appeal de novo, or on the abuse of discretion standard. But the fact that the ruling was based on a technicality makes it more likely that the court of appeal will review the merits of your objection, although it does not need to do so because the formatting error is legal grounds to deny the objection.
That being said, even if the court of appeal agrees that your objection should have been sustained, that does not mean you win the appeal. Ultimately you still must show the existence of a triable issue of fact; a mere evidentiary error does not accomplish that goal unless the evidence you sought to exclude is dispositive of the msj motion.
Needless to say, you would benefit from retaining an appellate law specialist who can pinpoint your best appeal issues and draft briefs that may persuade the court of appeal to reverse.
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Mr. Fox has offered correct guidance. Since your objections were not properly set forth, the trial court was free to disregard them and the appellate court may do likewise. For more on this issue, any why you should not be representing yourself on appeal, see this blog post: "Improper Separate Statement Results in Summary Judgment" at http://mrdaymude.com/improper-separate-statement-results-in-summary-judgment.
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