Cross Examination

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

Suggested Citation

Johnson, James A., Cross Examination (June 29, 2015). Maryland Bar Journal, July 2015, Page 20-25, Available at SSRN:

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