The new rules of cross-examination

Cross-examine like a virtuoso

Cross-examination is no longer a defensive manoeuvre in the courtroom.  The new rules of cross-examination presents an offensive series of tactics specifically designed to enhance the cross-examiner’s theory of the case.

In this course, we will provide you with practical tips and instructive real-life examples to learn straightforward, effective techniques to maximise the fact-finder’s perception, minimise evasion by the witness, and control the runaway witness during cross-examination.

After completing this course, you will look forward to your next cross-examination in anticipation and not trepidation.  You will learn to construct persuasive cross-examinations through the chapter method and the techniques of primacy and recency, to effortlessly use the advanced techniques of looping and trilogies, and to integrate the principles of persuasion into your cross-examination to enable you to persuade the fact-finder in real-time.  We’ll also examine the cross-examiner’s role, not as an advocate, but as the teacher of the facts in the courtroom.

Who should attend?
  • Both novice and experienced trial practitioners interested in reinforcing and reinvigorating their cross-examination skills.
  • Law students with a passion for trial advocacy and the courtroom.
The logistics
  • The course is presented online over six hours on one day as follows: 08:00-10:00; 11:00-13:00; and 14:00-16:00.
  • Lectures can be attended either online or by obtaining recordings.  
  • When opting for recordings, follow the instructions in your registration confirmation email to request access to view recordings online.  Recordings can be viewed at any time once you've received login details. Recordings are only available for a limited time, please refer to your registration confirmation letter for more information.
  • The presentation is accompanied by a comprehensive reference manual.
Our promise
  • This course is a great way to upskill and improve your knowledge of cross-examination.
  • You will acquire the practical skills and theoretical background required to become a more competent cross-examiner.
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