Tampa trial attorneys will routinely request the court “invoke the Rule” prior to a jury or non-jury trial beginning. The rule of sequestration is more commonly known, ensures that witnesses do not discuss the facts of their cases and/or their testimony with other witnesses prior to their testimony at trial. The rule of sequestration is applicable in all sorts of trial from criminal to family to civil and all cases in between.
Invoking the rule of sequestration is critical in cases, where witnesses are likely to be impeached concerning inconsistencies in their trial and/or hearing testimony. As you can imagine, if witnesses were permitted to leave the witness stand and then rush back out to tell the other witnesses what questions they were asked, what they struggled with, the major points raised on cross examination, etc., the witnesses would certainly have an opportunity to clean up their contradictions and testimony.
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