While the majority of family law cases do not make it to the trial stage, the importance of knowing the rules of evidence should not be overlooked, Toronto family lawyer Erin Chaiton-Murray tells Law Times. Mastering the rules is a dying art in the family law bar, where alternative dispute resolution mechanisms are becoming more and more popular, the legal publication reports. Fewer family lawyers need to know the rules as part of their everyday work, says the article. Chaiton-Murray, an associate with Basman Smith LLP, says a refresher on the rules of evidence should be part of any family lawyer’s preparation in the instances where a matter does go to trial.
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