Witness preparation varies from case to case and from witness to witness and there’s no one correct method or simple formula. But there are some things you should always do when preparing a witness for trial. (more…)
Closing argument gives you a chance to restate the primary issues, summarize the evidence, and explain the law. You’ve got wide latitude in making your closing argument, but don’t let this freedom lull you—there are some things you just can’t say in your closing. (more…)
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One of the most embarrassing and damaging things that can happen to plaintiff’s counsel during trial is a defendant’s successful motion for nonsuit after the plaintiff’s opening statement. Even though the plaintiff normally gets another chance, the experience is shattering. Make sure this doesn’t happen to you!
There are some pretrial tasks you shouldn’t delegate. It’s critical that trial counsel see and hear each witness before trial begins and take the time to carefully prepare the witness to testify. (more…)
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The general rule in organizing statements presented to the jury is the same used by teachers with children: Tell them what you’re going to tell them; tell them; and then tell them what you’ve told them.
Issues around pretrial publicity polluting the jury pool were at the forefront in the recent case against Floridian George Zimmerman for the killing of an unarmed teenager. Attorneys handling high-profile cases are presented with a dilemma during voir dire: should they ask about pretrial publicity or not? (more…)
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Direct examination can look deceptively easy when all of the effort has gone into the preparation. Here are some ways to make your carefully-planned direct even better. (more…)
Every trial has at least one evasive witness. Either control an evasive witness, or you’ll find that success in the case will evade you as well. (more…)
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