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How to conduct effective direct & cross examination in a civil case.

How to conduct effective direct & cross examination in a civil case.

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Published by Pennsylvania Bar Institute in [Harrisburg, Pa.] .
Written in English

    Places:
  • Pennsylvania.
    • Subjects:
    • Examination of witnesses -- Pennsylvania.,
    • Cross-examination -- Pennsylvania.,
    • Trial practice -- Pennsylvania.

    • Edition Notes

      SeriesPBI ;, no. 1991-671, PBI (Series) ;, no. 1991-671.
      ContributionsPennsylvania Bar Institute.
      Classifications
      LC ClassificationsKFP538.Z9 H695 1991
      The Physical Object
      Paginationxv, 116 p. :
      Number of Pages116
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL1572040M
      LC Control Number91067090

      The Object of cross-examination 1. The objects of cross-examination are to elicit favourable admissions or conduct relevant to the case, or a party’s or a witnesses credit. differ based on whether it is a criminal or civil matter. In R v Birks, () NSWLR at , Gleeson CJ noted that the failure to cross-examine may be based on. Cross-examination is a critically important weapon in the trial lawyers’ arsenal, designed to expose truths and inconsistencies in the direct testimony of a witness, or to otherwise further the cross-examiner’s position. The ability to conduct powerful cross-examinations is often the difference between acquittal and conviction. Experienced federal trial attorney and trial advocacy teacher.

        Time to Conduct Voir Dire. To the author’s knowledge, there is not a single published opinion on issue of time limitations in a civil case. DRESSED FOR SUCCESS Remember the wise advice we got from our parents: First impressions are lasting impressions; and, You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Contrasted with the flexibility of opening statement, witness examination is more rigid, often more mundane, but also more precise. These qualities are both strengths and weaknesses. Countless cases have been lost by lawyers who have blockbuster opening statements but who failed to appreciate adequately the purpose of direct and cross-examination.

      The scope of cross-examination is intentionally broad. Rule (b) allows cross-examination “on any matter relevant to any issue in the case, including credibility.” The North Carolina courts have consistently held that cross-examination may serve four purposes: to expand on the details offered on direct examination; to develop new or.   On cross-examination, you should generally ask leading questions, and arm yourself with material so that you can impeach the hostile witness who refuses to agree with everything you say.


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How to conduct effective direct & cross examination in a civil case Download PDF EPUB FB2

“The edition of Brockett and Keker's Effective Direct and Cross-Examination is a “must have” on the desk of every trial lawyer. In a concise, well-indexed, easy-to-read format, this volume tells the essentials of effective trial advocacy, from the perspective of two of the leading trial lawyers of.

When conducting direct examination of a party or witness, how you ask the questions can be as important as what you ask. Review and apply these five direct examination techniques every time. Speak in a comfortable style. Use a conversational tone that's loud enough for all to hear and can encourage a witness to speak.

Start conducting research for the cross examination as far in advance of the trial as possible. Learn all the facts of the case, not just those you need to know before the trial begins. As you gather information to construct your case, determine how the cross examination will factor in%(60).

While the cross examination of a witness is often viewed as a climatic moment in a trial, the direct examination of a witness, particularly an expert, can be of equal, if not greater importance to the outcome of a case. Knowing how to effectively conduct a direct examination of an expert witness can set the tone for the entire trial.

Remember the Point of Cross-Examination. Cross-examination is not a time for the lawyer to grandstand or win a battle of wits with the witness. Cross-examination is, like all other parts of the trial (opening, direct examinations and closing), a means by which you argue your case. If nothing else, remember that and you’ll have conducted a.

Cross-Examination. When the lawyer for the plaintiff or the government has finished questioning a witness, the lawyer for the defendant may then cross-examine the witness. direct examination. >>Diagram of How a Case Moves Through the Courts >>Civil and Criminal Cases >>Settling Cases >>Pre-trial Procedures in Civil Cases >>Jurisdiction and.

— Cross-Examination — Cross-examination serves to discredit direct testimony, to discredit the witness, and to reflect on the credibility of other witness-es. In deposition, cross-examine the witness to summarize and lock in her testimony before trial.

• "Cross-examination" is questioning by a party other than the one who called the wit. Although you could technically conduct an entire direct using who, what, where, when, how and why, the occasional use of transitional phrases is critical. For example, once getting through the witnesses' background information, you may want to get to the facts of your case.

For example, in cross-examination, you can: ask leading questions, and; challenge the other party's evidence (that is, try to show that it's not reliable or correct).

Cross-examination questions should be based on a theory (an idea you have about the case and what should happen). Here are some tips for doing a cross-examination: Ask leading. Cross-Examination.

by John Stratton SC Deputy Senior Public Defender 1 August Cross-examination is the art of asking simple questions in the right order.

For the criminal defence lawyer, there are few things more important than cross-examination. In my experience, if a case is going to be won, it is usually during the prosecution case.

Think about your opponent's cross-examination. If there are bad facts that worry you, consider revealing them yourself during your direct. When the time comes for direct, give the witness enough room in the way you develop the testimony that he'll seem like a person, not a robot.

The witness is the star during direct, not the lawyer. examination. However, as noted above, cross-examination is not as important as direct examination, and the advocate who expects to score big points during cross-examination instead of direct will be lucky to survive directed verdict.

Effective cross-examination, like effective direct examination, is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration. techniques for direct examination, cross-examination, and impeach-ment of young witnesses. DiREcT EXAMINATION A. Direct Examination-Getting Underway The direct examiner's primary responsibility with all witnesses, whether children or adults, is to "get the story into the record.".

Cross-examination of a witness is a critical part of trial. An effective cross-examination can strengthen your case by bringing out favorable information, undermining and/or attacking the witness, and getting fresh discovery (particularly in criminal cases).

Master trial attorney James Brosnahan offers these ten tips for acing cross-examination: Use short, simple, leading questions. The trial book must always be updated as the years run by to keep up with the evolving principles of evidence and the evolving application of evidentiary principles.

In over civil trials, I can honestly not recall any more than five instances where opposing counsel (often senior counsel) even had the basic tool, i.e. Sopinka’s text. How to Conduct Effective Direct & Cross Examination in a Civil Case [Norbert F.

Bergholtz, William R. Caroselli, Francis P. Devine, III, Robert A. Freedberg, John P. Gismondi, David E. Lehman, Edward G. O'Connor, Deborah D. Olszewski, Alan S. Penkower, Lowell A. Reed, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, James L. Hollinger, Carolyn L. Wepfer] on Amazon Author: Norbert F.

Bergholtz, William R. Caroselli, III Francis P. Devine. It perhaps sounds surprising, but the most difficult skill to master in trial advocacy may be conducting good direct examination of a witness, particularly an expert witness.

The conventional thinking, no doubt, is that a trial lawyer’s “real” skill is measured by his ability to conduct damaging cross-examination or persuasive closing. Your cross-examination will be structured if you follow the following steps: Keep your cross-examination to four points which support your theory of the case.

This will strengthen your argument. Make your strongest points at the beginning and end of your cross-examination as these are the points likely to remain in the mind of the listener. that could be used in a direct examination of an investigating officer.

Additional examples appear in the Appendix. However, the examples are not intended to be slavishly followed. Direct examination questions should be modified to match the facts of each case, and the witness’s own experience and background, as well as individual style.

Cross-Examination Handbook comes with all the materials necessary for role-play performance exercises for cross-examination strategies and skills, including: case files; an Actors’ Guide with instructions for the witnesses, and a Teacher’s Manual ( pages) covering how to conduct the cross-examination exercises as well as a schedule for.

How to Handle Cross Examination at a Trial. In movies and TV shows, cross-examination is always the most dramatic part of a trial. The lawyer is aggressive, and the witness either folds under the intense questioning or erupts in anger.

In.and cross-examination. Even so, every detail necessary for effective examination of witnesses cannot be found in a single source.1 Such unfound details are practical skills and require years of learning, practice, and experience.

This Article outlines ten tips for both direct and cross-examination, which certainly is not an exhaustive list.Civil case = plaintiff or defense. Developing your Case: 1. DIRECT-EXAMINATION. Direct examination is when an attorney asks a witness they called to the witness stand a series of questions.

Direct examination is conducted from behind counsel table, to conducting effective cross-examinations. While you may utilize only one of the.