An offer of proof is a preview of what the witness will be testifying about. It gives the court an opportunity to see what the disputed evidence or testimony is before the jury sees or hears about it.
An offer of proof arises when the opposing attorney raises an objection during trial.
"Your honor, we object to this testimony. Here are the legal reasons why..."
"Judge, we'd like to make an offer of proof so the court can determine whether this testimony is appropriate."
After having the jury leave the courtroom, the judge will then hear and review the disputed testimony or evidence.
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