Introduction to cross-examination
In this section of the website we are going to be looking at cross-examination in a reasonable amount of detail, including:
- Identifying the "Golden rules" of cross-examination, established by a number of legal authors.
- Detailed guidance on cross-examination.
- Identifying Prem's general guidance on cross-examination.
- Looking at the detail of cross examination techniques, largely drawn from the authoritative work Prem's Cross-Examination, which includes both explanations of the different techniques and also stories, drawn from actual cases, where these techniques have been used. The stories are often quite funny, and they really help you remember the different techniques, which is why I've used this source in particular. This section gives:
- The next section covers famous examples of cross examination. This section is divided into two parts, covering
These are cross-examinations drawn from some of the best legal orators of all time, or which are important as legal history. Where possible, I have tried to link Prem's explanations of cross examination techniques with the actual examples in this section, so you can see the techniques applied.
- Finally, this section concludes with advice on cross examination by some of the great legal orators, like Quintillian, Harris, Ballantine and also includes a description of three great cross-examiners - Ballantine, Hawkins and Coleridge by Sir Edward Clarke KC.899.28 KB