August 27, 2019 Articles

How to Prepare Your Cross-Examination Like a Boss

Sage advice in the form of easy-to-apply tips and fundamentals.

By Ben Barnes

I was about halfway through a two-week trial when I got my first opportunity to cross-examine a witness. Our lead lawyer was overwhelmed, having taken witness after witness, and we were hit unexpectedly with some midtrial motions. At about 7:00 p.m., he offered me the examination, which was set for the following morning. Great! No problem, I thought. I had deposed this witness, and I knew the facts inside and out. Piece of cake.

Then I sat down to write my outline, and I could not get it started. 

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