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Idaho Rules of Evidence Rule 103. Rulings on Evidence.

(a)  Preserving a Claim of Error. A party may claim error in a ruling to admit or exclude evidence only if the error affects a substantial right of the party and:

    

(1)  if the ruling admits evidence, a party, on the record:

(A) timely objects or moves to strike; and

               (B) states the specific ground, unless it was apparent from the context; or   

(2)  if the ruling excludes evidence, a party informs the court of its substance by an offer of proof, unless the substance was apparent from the context.

    

(b)  Not Needing to Renew an Objection or Offer of Proof. Once the court rules definitively on the record – either before or at trial – a party need not renew an objection or offer of proof to preserve a claim of error for appeal.

    

(c)  Court's Statement About the Ruling; Directing an Offer of Proof. The court may make any statement about the character or form of the evidence, the objection made, and the ruling.  The court may direct that an offer of proof be made in question-and-answer form.  If requested in an action tried without a jury, an offer of proof in the form of a full presentation of the evidence must be allowed and reported unless the evidence plainly is not admissible on any ground or the evidence is privileged.

    

(d)  Preventing the Jury from Hearing Inadmissible Evidence. To the extent practicable, the court must conduct a jury trial so that inadmissible evidence is not suggested to the jury by any means.

 

(e)  Taking Notice of Plain Error. A court may take notice of a plain error affecting a substantial right, even if the claim of error was not properly preserved.

    

(Adopted March 26, 2018, effective July 1, 2018.)

 

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Members of the
Idaho Supreme Court

Chief Justice Roger S. Burdick
Justice Joel D. Horton
Justice Robyn M. Brody
Justice G. Richard Bevan
Justice John R. Stegner



Members of the
Idaho Court of Appeals

Chief Judge David W. Gratton
Judge Sergio A. Gutierrez
Judge Molly J. Huskey
Judge Jessica M. Lorello

 

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