Did you Know? There’s a few things you can cross examine people like a lawyer. Here’s a few tips.
With a few tips and lots of preparation time, anyone can cross-examine a witness like a lawyer. Cross-examination is the questioning of a hostile witness in the courtroom to draw out the truth or weaknesses in a case. It has been described as “greatest legal engine ever invented for the discovery of truth.” But to make it work effectively, it must be done right.
First, prepare, prepare, prepare. Lawyers have a saying: “Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.” Even lawyers with decades of experience spend a good deal of time preparing before trial. Those who don’t often pay a hefty price.
Next, when you prepare, determine your goals. Is your goal simply to reduce the witness’s credibility? Are you trying to draw out particular facts that help your case? Are you tring to get them to admit to facts they don’t want to admit? When you prepare make a list of all the things you need the witness to say. Then, use a buildup of smaller series of questions and topics to get there.
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