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Elements of trial practice : hundreds of techniques and tips for trial lawyers

Author: Peter D Polchinski
Publisher: Tucson, Ariz. : Lawyers & Judges Pub. Co., ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter D Polchinski
ISBN: 9781933264691 1933264691
OCLC Number: 761482310
Description: xii, 121 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Ask non-leading questions --
Ask closed-ended questions --
Use simple words --
Omit unnecessary headers --
Use transitions and looping --
Provide visual images --
Introduce conversations or their results --
Write your questions --
Take command of the witness and the courtroom --
Conduct re-direct when necessary --
Read deposition testimony effectively at trial --
Have your exhibit marked for identification --
Ask the proper foundation questions and have your exhibit admitted in evidence --
Use the exhibit --
Refresh recollection and admit recorded recollection --
Tell the truth and keep your composure --
Conduct short, multiple prep sessions --
Cover the facts --
Prepare the witness for direct and cross-examination --
Be fearless --
Prepare before trial --
Evaluate your witness --
Write your questions --
Listen to the direct --
Obtain admissions and corroborate before you attack --
Do not ask questions : state facts --
Use repetitive strings --
Impeach with prior inconsistent statements --
Cross-examine the witness with poise and confidence --
Determine whether you need an expert --
Learn the subject --
Prepare for cross-examination --
Cross-examine the expert with poise and confidence --
Conduct a clear and persuasive direct --
Argue your case in the opening statement --
Organize and write your opening --
Talk to the jury --
Always argue affirmatively --
Avoid common errors --
Summation --
Prepare your summation before and during trial --
Write and edit your summation --
Argue your case forcefully, clearly and persuasively --
Prepare your requests to charge --
Argue the required motions for judgment --
Jury selection --
Select jurors who will listen to you --
Learn the court's rules for jury selection --
Consider basic juror profiles --
Write your most important questions --
Present yourself and your case to the jury panel --
Ethics and courtroom protocol --
Hold yourself to the highest ethical standards --
Establish a good relationship with the judge --
Learn the rules of evidence.
Responsibility: Peter D. Polchinski.

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