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Do You Know When to Use a Subpoena?

A “subpoena” is a writ or an order that compels a witness to either show up and testify or produce something. CCP §1985(a). You can use a subpoena in discovery or in a civil trial or hearing. Here’s a look at which type of subpoena to use in common situations. Continue reading

The Best Way to Start a Cross-Examination

The key to a successful cross-examination is to start strong. The beginning of your cross is the time to go for the jugular. Here’s an example of how it’s done. Continue reading

How to Object Without Being Objectionable

thinkstockphotos-85449217-1How do you object in trial without being objectionable to the jury? Perhaps it’s impossible: A jury naturally resents the attorney who constantly leaps up and breaks the flow of information. But there are a few ways to make yourself less objectionable to the jury. Continue reading

What’s a Timely Objection?

clock_92572588Objections to evidence at trial must be “timely made.” Evid C §353(a). But what does that actually mean? Continue reading

Order Your Witnesses for Impact

witness_78724356A trial should be like any well-choreographed event: strategically order your witnesses for maximum impact. Continue reading

Checklist for Preparing Your Witness for Trial

witness_158992082Witness 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. Continue reading

That’s Not What You Said in Your Depo

mouth_94175022What do you do when a witness says one thing during his or her deposition and a very different thing when on the stand at trial? Impeach! Continue reading

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