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Table of Contents

Article I. General Provisions
Rule 103
Rule 104
Rule 105
Article II. Judicial Notice
Article III. Presumptions
Article IV. Relevancy and Its Limits
Article V. Privileges
Article VI. Witnesses
Article VII. Opinions and Expert Testimony
Article VIII. Hearsay
Article X. Contents of Writings, Recordings, 

and Photographs
Revised Rule 105. Limited Admissibility Commentary 105(a)

      Judge Learned Hand commented that a limiting instruction is essentially a "recommendation to the jury of a mental gymnastic which is beyond, not only their powers, but anybody else's."    Nevertheless, absent any better alternative, the limiting instruction has become a necessary element in jury trials. 

      Revised Rule 105(a) perpetuates the language of Current Rule 105 with the addition of the adjectives "timely and specific" to describe a proper request for a limiting instruction.  In addition to paralleling the requirements of Current and Revised Rules 103(a)(1) concerning objections to the admission of evidence, the revision places the burden on the litigants to notify the presiding judge when an instruction may be proper and to suggest the form and content of the instruction.