Cross examination remains the questioning of a witness by a party other than the party that called him. It is done after examination in chief. It is an opportunity provided to a party to throw questions on the witness of an opposing party to clarify issues. The main essence is to test the veracity and consistency of the witness. Thus the aim of the party is to discredit the witness and thus render his testimonies weightless and unreliable.
The crucial nature of cross examination has made it that it can make or destroy a party’s case. Thus it is of utmost important that any lawyer must endeavor to learn the tricks, tips and techniques of it.it has a pattern which must be followed if the cross examiner desires success. For a successful cross examination, the following techniques must be observed strictly.
In learning cross examination, a lot is put into consideration like whether it is a civil or criminal matter, the attitude of the witness, etc. The tip. technique and tricks are not acts to be learnt once. it is a continuous learning process. Thus the more and longer you engage in it, the better you do it.
Frequently, questions have been asked whether a young lawyer can actually learn the act of cross examination without having a boss. Much as it is important for a young lawyer to attach and learn from an experienced boss, it does not also mean that without a boss, a young lawyer cannot learn.
Any young lawyer intending to learn legal practice, especially act without having to be attached to a senior lawyer must do the following often:
Continuously doing the above listed and many more will expose you as a young lawyer to the nitty gritty of cross examination without necessarily being attached to a senior lawyer. However it is important to note that the best way to learn legal practice, is to practice under an experienced and good senior colleague.
Read, learn. practice often and you will become an expert. Always do a good and thorough home work before appearing in court to avoid being hooked or taken by surprise.