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What is a Cross Examination?

Cross-examination is when the opposing party questions a witness during a trial. 

The witness is first questioned by the party who called them to the stand during direct examination. 

After that, the opposing party can question the witness during cross-examination. During the cross-examination, the opposing party may use targeted or leading questions to challenge the witness’s testimony. 

The goal of cross-examination is to highlight any weaknesses or inconsistencies in the witness’s testimony and to assess their credibility.

Cross-Examination Techniques

Attorneys have different approaches when it comes to cross-examining witnesses.

Their techniques depend on the circumstances, the witness, and the testimony being examined.

Generally, there are two basic approaches to cross-examination; constructive and destructive. Constructive cross-examination involves getting the witness to say something helpful. This could include information that corroborates or contradicts other testimony or evidence.

Destructive cross-examination is meant to damage the credibility of testimony given by a witness. 

There are five primary argumentative techniques in an effective cross-examination. They are:

  • Summarizing
  • Making speeches
  • Questioning witness involvement/knowledge
  • Asking questions that begin with ‘would it surprise you…’
  • Comments to the jury

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