Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Taking the Stand: The Art of Direct and Cross-Examination

July 2017 Bar Bulletin

By Loni L. Hinton

Witness examination is the epitome of litigation; a carefully crafted art that both furthers your client’s case and quells your opponents … granted all goes as planned. 

Sun Tzu best encapsulated the essence of witness examination in the ancient Chinese military treatise, The Art of War, when he wrote, “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” The best trial attorneys know that maintaining control of the witness is the most important element of a successful witness examination. This article provides practical advice on how to execute direct and cross-
examination of a witness on the...

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