Why cross-examine this witness? Basic Rules of Cross-Examination (Part 2)
Success in trial is based upon the story and the storyteller. Only Texas, New York and Georgia still permit the parties’ story to be told to a jury in a suit for divorce. Texas, alone, permits a jury to determine the custody of a child.
Why cross-examine this witness? The first step in developing your skill as an artful cross-examiner is knowing why you want to cross-examine each adverse witness.
Unlike followers of Perry Mason and his winning cases on cross-examination, a good trial lawyer knows that the most important part of a presentation is the direct examination. This is where your side tells your story and sets the parameters for what the judge will hear.