Your objective is to determine how and when to present each witness, exhibit, and other item of evidence most persuasively during trial. The key to meeting this objective is breaking it down into these four steps.
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 with four to six words. “You wrote the letter, didn’t you?”