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4 Steps to Deciding How and When to Present Evidence

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.

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Civil Litigation Criminal Law Legal Topics Litigation Strategy Trial Strategy

Don’t Irritate the Jury

 

85449976 Your carefully planned cross-examination will be worthless if you manage to irritate the jury. Keep in mind that the jury often focuses more on counsel than the witness. Before your next cross-examination, check out these common irritants and how to avoid them.

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Civil Litigation Criminal Law Legal Topics

Standing by Your (Wo)Man

It’s one of those legal concepts that is imbedded in popular culture: the privilege not to testify against one’s spouse. Let’s go a bit deeper than the privilege’s depiction in movies and TV and consider the scope and limitations on the marital privilege under California law.

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Civil Litigation Evidence Legal Topics Litigation Strategy

10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Presenting Evidence at Trial

One of the most important aspects of trial is determining how and when to present each witness, exhibit, and other item of evidence most persuasively. Here are some helpful ideas and ten questions to ask yourself when deciding how and when to present evidence at trial.

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Civil Litigation Legal Topics Litigation Strategy

10 Cross-Examination Tips from a Master

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:

  1. Use short, simple, leading questions with four to six words. “You wrote the letter, didn’t you?”