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When can a bill of exceptions be used in a civil case?

A bill of exceptions can be used in a civil case to question the law and highlight any mistakes that may have been made during the trial. This legal document is used as evidence once it's recorded in the court records. The judge can sign and file the bill with the trial court clerk once all parties agree with what is stated in the bill of exceptions. The Westminster 2, 13 Ed. I. c. 31 allows the bill of exceptions, a law that is followed in all states in the Union. The bill of exceptions can only be used in a civil case. It’s not required to be sealed by a judge in criminal cases. However, in New York, the defendant can file a bill of exceptions for the trial of any charge. The bill needs to be signed, sealed, and filed with the clerk of the court. The bill of exceptions must be filed before the jury decides the verdict on the case. The bill is then noted and settled after the jury's decision is made. The judge can seal the bill of exceptions after he or she is out of office or once the record has been taken off by a writ of error.
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