Supreme Court of Virginia Bans “Speaking Objections”

The Supreme Court of Virginia, effective January 1, 2013, banned “speaking objections” in Rule 4:5 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia.

“Speaking objections” are those include argument and suggestions along with the basis of the objection.  They are often used in depositions by a lawyer to tip off or “educate” his client as to a desired answer.  A classic example of a “speaking objection” is “Objection! You’ve asked that question already and the witness said ‘no.””

Always frowned upon, a “speaking objection” is now a clear rule violation.