Motions in limine are filled by a party to prevent the jury from hearing any mention of potentially prejudicial information that the moving party believes is not admissible at trial. Because juries often decide cases like beauty pageants and award damages on like-ability issues, a good trial lawyer will recognize these issues and attack them in a Motion in Limine.
In such a motion, the party must argue that the evidence should be excluded because it is incompetent, irrelevant, immaterial, privileged, or otherwise inadmissible.
We often file such a motion before trial to keep out unfavorable facts we believe defense counsel will raise. Such examples may include our client’s prior injury, criminal record, or other prejudicial matters.