What are we doing during cross examination?

A lot of time, people wonder what is cross examination.

I’ve seen it in all the movies, on TV and I know it’s the opportunity for the lawyer to ask the other side’s witness about a case and to try to pin them down. That’s true for a large part, but there’s a certain way we try to do it and what we’re really trying to do is ask questions, which we already know the answer to and have them admit it as truthful or deny or it’s data they don’t know.

There’s two different types of cross examinations that we’ll conduct. One is during the discovery phase of litigation, which is the deposition. At that phase, we can pretty much ask anything that is relevant to the case or has potential to lead to relevant information about the case. That’s where we find out what the witness knows about the case and what their position’s going to be. Later, during trial, we conduct another cross examination. At this point, we are trying to have the witness say the same thing again by asking them leading question.

By leading question, I mean a question which is presupposing the answer, so, “Isn’t it true that you said that the light was green?” The answer would be yes or no or, “I don’t know,” but if they said, “I don’t know,” it’s not credible or if they say something that they didn’t say during their discovery deposition, it’s not credible. It’s a way for the jury to see and determine the truth of the case.

Why do we share this information?

We share it to give you an insight into what goes on during a typical case. And what you can expect to happen if your case goes to court.

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