TEN COMMANDMENTS OF

CROSS - EXAMINATION REVISITED:

OR HOW TO EFFECTIVELY TELL YOUR STORY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By,

 

J. GARY TRICHTER

Trichter & Murphy, P.C.

The Kirby Mansion

2000 Smith Street

Houston, Texas 77002

Tel: (713) 524-1010

Fax: (713) 524-1010

www.TexasDWILaw.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State Bar of Texas

27TH ANNUAL PRAIRIE DOG SEMINAR

January 4-5, 2007

Lubbock

 

 

 


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

I.                   MUST KNOW FACTS, STATUTORY LAW, CASE LAW AND RULES OF EVIDENCE       

 

II.                STARTS IN VOIR DIRE/ CONTINUES TO OPENING/ FORMS BASIS OF

            CLOSE

 

III.             ONLY ASK QUESTIONS WHEN IT HELPS AND KNOW WHEN NOT TO ASK QUESTIONS AT ALL (you are best testifier at close)

 

IV.              SHORTER IS BETTER- AVOID LAWYER WORDS

       

V.        LEADING QUESTIONS ONLY –NO OPEN ENDED QUESTIONS

     

VI.      MUST LISTEN TO ANSWER AND GET ANSWER TO QUESTION    ASKED

 

VII.           BE FLEXIBLE- COMPARTMENTALIZE

 

VIII.        THINK THEATER- USE YOUR EYES, VOICE, SILENCE, RHYTHM,

            PAUSES, HANDS, TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR JURY

 

IX.       THINK THEATER- DON’T JUST TELL A STORY- TELL YOUR 

          CLIENT’S STORY

 

X.                 YOU MUST GET YOUR JURY’S PERMISSION TO VIGORISOUSLY ATTACK AND/OR CALL A WITNESS A LIAR