At his weblog Plaintiff Trial Lawyer Tips, Paul Luvera has been posting on cross-examination, always of interest to trial lawyers--plaintiff or defense.
Luvera has two recent posts:
Five Steps of Preparation for Cross-Examination. The five steps are fully explained in the post--
- Determine the goals.
- Divide goals into individual topics.
- Document the cross examination.
- Use Role Reversal.
- Divide the cross examination into chapters.
- Make big points and ignore the details.
- Tell the jury what you just did.
- Approach cross examination from a big picture viewDon’t answer every defense issue.
- Be consistent and stick to the main story.
- Meet major defenses head on.
- The right to ask leading questions is a gift. Use it.
- Listen, listen, listen.
- When impeaching, make sure you lay a foundation first.
- Be Brief
- Make your point and quit.
- Be firm but fair.
If you like these two posts, Luvera also has a few other posts about cross-examination here, plus lots of other useful information on the rest of his weblog.