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Cross-Examination: The Pinpoint Method

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Lee, Kyla
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In the Preface to this new volume, esteemed defence lawyer and author Kyla Lee describes cross-examination as “the most important tool in [her] legal arsenal.” It stands to reason, then, that she has honed her cross-examination skills to such an extent that her approach is as much an art as it is a science, one that she shares in Cross-Examination: The Pinpoint Method.

Innovative. In-depth. Insightful.

Over her years as a criminal defence lawyer, Lee has developed a specific method of conducting a cross-examination that has proven effective time after time. In Cross-Examination: The Pinpoint Method, she uses a series of common scenarios to illustrate how her technique can be used to the benefit of the examiner. In using the metaphor of pins and needles, Lee succeeds in keeping the reader engaged and her content interesting while providing guidance on overcoming the hurdles and challenges that are common in cross-examinations. Topics covered include police witnesses, lay witnesses, expert witnesses, impeachment, proving misconduct, ethics and handling difficult witnesses.

This book will offer valuable direction to trial lawyers who are keen to improve the effectiveness of their cross-examination technique. It will also appeal to judges looking for an interesting read and will be a valuable acquisition for law schools and law libraries.

Table of Contents

 Chapter 1: Needlepoint: Getting to the point of a cross-examination
 1. Why cross-examine?
 2. Preparation for cross-examination
 3. Completing your preparation
 Chapter 2: Dancing on the head of a pin: Ethics in cross-examination
 1. Limitations on cross-examination
 2. A good faith basis for cross-examination
 3. Child witnesses
 4. Relevancy
 5. When your witness is under cross-examination
 6. Obscuring the truth
 7. Harassing witnesses
 8. Preparing a witness for cross-examination
 9. The rule in Browne v. Dunn
 10. Inadvertent disclosure
 11. Dancing on the head of a pin
 Chapter 3: Threading the needle: Setting up your cross-examination
 1. Getting to yes
 2. The written set-up
 3. Laying out your page
 4. In the hallway
 5. One last consideration
 Chapter 4: Pinpoint method: Introducing the style
 1. Do not ask questions to which you do not know the answer
 2. Be nice
 3. Structure each theme like a pin
 4. Pit witnesses against each other
 5. Re-affirming the favourable facts
 6. Affirm the omissions
 7. Continuations and adjournments
 8. Expert witnesses
 9. Think about your words
 10. Referring to notes and previous recollections
 11. Bad behaviour
 12. Implement the style
 Chapter 5: Pricking yourself: Handling difficult witnesses
 1. The problem of difficult witnesses
 2. If you say so
 3. I don’t remember
 4. Overtalkers
 5. Interrupting witnesses
 6. Pontificators
 7. Extremely accurate witnesses
 8. Argumentative witnesses
 9. I didn’t know it was important
 10. It wasn’t my investigation
 11. It’s in my brain
 12. I can’t put everything in my notes
 13. Officer safety
 14. Asking a question in response to your question
 15. Exaggerators
 16. Rehearsers
 17. Unfailingly honest witnesses
 18. Difficult witnesses
 Chapter 6: Sewing it up: Proof of misconduct
 Chapter 7: The final stitch: Ending your cross-examination style

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