CROSS EXAMINATION: SIMPLEST WAYS TO LEARN CROSS EXAMINATION AS A YOUNG LAWYER WITHOUT HAVING A BOSS

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CROSS EXAMINATION: SIMPLEST WAYS TO LEARN CROSS EXAMINATION AS A YOUNG LAWYER WITHOUT HAVING A BOSS

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:

  1. Go to court and witness proceedings always, and pay rapt attention during cross examination
  2. Also make a note of the questions being asked and the ways they are being asked.
  3. take note of objections being raised and the ruling on those objections
  4. Read different cross examination books
  5. create fictitious scenarios and then draft a cross examination questions on that.
  6. Master the DOs and the DON’Ts

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.

Onuorah Chibuzor Michael by name, born 11th September,1990, From Anambra state, Nigeria

1 Comment

  1. RP singh

    June 23, 2019 at 3:51 am

    Tips given are useful to young lawyers who are keen to learn himself

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