How Should We Deal With § 16.3 of the Trial Section’s Standing Order?

Sep 2004Intellectual Property Today, Vol. 11, No. 9 at page 8

Section 16.3 does say that “Any objection to evidence during a deposition shall be stated concisely and in a non-argumentative and non-suggestive manner and must include the legal basis for the objection.” However, some of the APJs seem to prefer counsel to limit their objections to the word “objection,” while others definitely prefer a concise statement of the “legal basis for the objection.” This inconsistency is very hard to deal with, since there is no way of knowing at the time of the depositions who will be on the panel at final hearing.