Maryland Bar Journal, July 2015, Page 20-25
6 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2015
Date Written: June 29, 2015
This article demonstrates that cross-examination is more that a search for the truth. It is also the advocate's opportunity to persuade the fact-finder and to set up ammunition for final argument.
Preparation is the golden rule of cross-examination. Your ability to cross-examine is the product of thorough preparation before trial. Develop a theory and a theme for the case. The questions that you ask should be consistent with your theory. The skillful advocate has the ability to focus like a laser beam on the precise issue and disregard everything not directly related to that issue.
Remember, one of the purposes of cross-examination is to secure the information you need to support your theory of the case and obtain ammunition for final argument.
Keywords: Cross Exam, Trial Practice, Litigation, Trial Advocacy
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