Mock Trial Questions . How can I prepare for the cross?. Read, Read, Read your statement. You will not know what questions they will ask. Don’t give into things you don’t have to. Fight a little. If the atty blocks you in, just answer. Your atty can come back on redirect and “fix it”.
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Read, Read, Read your statement. You will not know what questions they will ask.
Don’t give into things you don’t have to. Fight a little. If the atty blocks you in, just answer. Your atty can come back on redirect and “fix it”
After a cross, I will as the direct atty if there will be a redirect. If your witness needs to clarify, or had to admit damaging things without explaining, fix this on redirect.
End on the strongest note possible
“No further questions at this time Your Honor”
When there is an objection, object. However, don’t become too obnoxious, or the judge might stop ruling in your favor.
If you are objecting and I say “sustained” that means I agree with you. If I say “overruled,” I agree with the other side.
**follow same procedure as prosecution
After all witnesses have testified, I will say: “Would the prosecution and the defense like a recess to prepare for closing arguments?”
Final drafts with all changes need to be submitted on 11/28. It must be typed
It would be very appropriate to exchange email addresses/share things on google docs
I will be in town over Thanksgiving and will be available to respond to emails.If you want feedback, you should be sending me emails.
1. What does your witness say that helps your side? Why are they testifying for the defense/prosecution?
2. Pretend the judge has never heard the case – knows nothing about it. You need to paint the picture/tell the story to me.
Absolutely. Particularly in Directs/openings/closings - “let me now direct your attention to…”
Crosses may be a bit more choppy, but you can say, “I’d like to ask you a series of questions regarding the accident.”