Batesburg-Leesville, SC asked in Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for South Carolina

Q: In a courtroom setting w/Jury, what is the proper way to introduce higher court rulings into a trial?

I live in South Carolina, a strict liability state. I was jogging and was attacked and bitten by two dogs. I was injured (not seriously, two puncture wounds in my leg). I filed in small claims court for damages. The Defendant has retained legal counsel. The demanded a jury trial. I am representing myself. The only exemption to the strict liability law in SC is provocation of the dog, which I did not do (I didn't even know they were in the vicinity). I was on a public road and they were not leashed. I have found some good case law at the Appellate and Supreme Court levels which clarify terms and interpretations. I figure I cannot cite these in my closing until I have entered them into "evidence." How do I do that in a trial setting with jury? Do I just present them to all parties and read the pertinent parts aloud into evidence after I make my witness statement? Thanks.

1 Lawyer Answer
Carole Jean Hayes
Carole Jean Hayes
  • Greenville, SC
  • Licensed in South Carolina

A: Give the judge the case law before the jury is called in and highlight the applicable parts, and ask him to charge the jury with the highlighted portions. That means he will read those to the jurors when he is telling them about the law which happens after closing statements, and before they deliberate. I hope that is helpful and I do wish you the best.

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