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Effective Date: 2/20/1973

Obsolete Date: 3/1/2006

Exceptions to rulings or orders of the court are unnecessary.

Rule 51 was amended, effective March 1, 2006.

Subdivision (a) was added to Rule 51, effective March 1, 2006. The subdivision is based on Fed.R.Crim.P. 51(b) and reflects longstanding North Dakota practice. To preserve a point on appeal, a party must make an objection, based on proper grounds, to the evidence or other matters put before the court for consideration. An appropriate objection lets the court know the action the party desires the court to take or the party's objection to the court's action and the grounds for the objection. The purpose of making an objection to a ruling known is to enable the court to correct its error, if any, or to enable the opposing party to correct an alleged defect.

Subdivision (b) makes clear that exceptions to rulings of the court are not necessary. Under former practice in North Dakota, when a party's objection was overruled the party was required to make an exception to preserve the point on appeal.

SOURCES: Joint Procedure Committee Minutes of April 28-29, 2005, page 10; February 20-23, 1973, pages 11-12; November 18-20, 1971, pages 24-26; Fed.R.Crim.P. 51.


SUPERSEDED: N.D.C.C. §§ 28-18-01, 29-21-32, 29-21-33, 29-23-05, 29-23-06.

CROSS REFERENCE: N.D.R.Crim.P. 30 (Jury Instructions); N.D.R.Ev. 103 (Rulings on Evidence).

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