Direct Examination.Outline.HPHS Mock Trial.2007-08

Not too broad or too narrow i relevant facts legally

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(not too broad or too narrow) i. Relevant facts – legally anything relevant to the case can be brought in ii. First hand knowledge – no hearsay! Be careful b. Need to carefully limit the presentation of your case because… i. Time limits imposed ii. Don’t want to bore the judge or the judging panel iii. “opens the door” for cross examination which is limited to the scope of direct – you decide what the cross examiner can do iv. Big facts can easily get lost v. Use the kiss method- keep, it, simple, stupid c. Use clear simple language – not too formal, this is not the place to show off your vocabulary d. Pacing i. Slow it down sometimes - remember the judge(s) most likely don’t know the case, don’t let them get lost ii. Simplify
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2 Direct Examination HPHS Mock Trial e. Aim for general, flowing answers that are no more specific than they need to be i. Always remember the more specific the testimony – the more risk of contradiction or inconsistency brought out on cross examination – or even by your witness f. Very effective to position yourself by the jury, not by the witness- we will talk more about this with regards to specific competitions g. Walk around at times – be comfortable 4. Don’t use leading questions a.
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