Q What is a Motion in Limine and how does it affect my Charlottesville, Virginia Personal Injury Case?
A Motion in Limine is used in trial cases as a means for preliminary rulings heard by the trial judge before trial begins concerning the competency of witnesses, existence of privileges or the admissibility of evidence. These are issues in a case which need to be addressed before the actual trial begins. Motions in Limine can be made by either party, the Plaintiff or Defendant, and typically are used to narrow down the scope of evidence before trial and before evidence is presented to a jury. For example, if there is an issue which does not relate to the cause of the accident but has come up in discovery, this may be a cause to file a Motion in Limine. If this issue would only undermine the case but is not admissible evidence, then it would be best to issue a Motion in Limine. More specifically, if a Plaintiff has filed a complaint due to an automobile accident and the Plaintiff was injured due to no fault of his own, but he was intoxicated at the time of the accident, it is possible to use a Motion in Limine to eliminate any evidence being presented to the jury that the Plaintiff was intoxicated because it is not relevant to the case. Motions in Limine can be very useful if applied appropriately and can even make a significant difference in how a jury views a Virginia Personal Injury Case, which in turn could mean a better verdict for the Plaintiff.