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Legal Memorandum: Invited-error Rule

Issue: Under the laws of Alabama, may a party argue, on appeal, that an error occurred at trial, when the "error" was occasioned by that party’s own conduct?

Area of Law: Litigation & Procedure
Keywords: Invited-error rule; Error proceedings
Jurisdiction: Alabama
Cited Cases: None
Cited Statutes: None
Date: 07/01/2007

The invited-error rule prohibits a party from alleging “as error proceedings in the trial court that were invited by him or that were a natural consequence of his own action.”  Taylor v. State, 808 So. 2d 1148, 1202 (Ala. Crim. App. 2000), aff’d, 808 So. 2d 1215 (Ala. 2001).  Thus, a party may not enter into an agreement with its opponent for the introduction of certain evidence and later assert the admission of such evidence was error.  Id. at 1202. 

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