You are mid-stream in questioning and decide to mark an exhibit. You stop talking, hand a piece of paper to the court reporter, who then stops writing, and then puts a sticker on a piece of paper and hands it back to you. What was the point of that whole production? Is there something that prevents you as the questioning attorney, who knows what you want to do, who had at least six, more likely seven years of higher education, from putting an exhibit sticker on a piece of paper? Is there a reason you are breaking your rhythm and giving the witness more time to think about an answer, a question, or both? Is it because you saw some fossilized partner do it who was drinking buddies with Don Draper?
I don’t always use exhibits, but when I do, I prefer Dos Equis I mark my own and keep things moving.