Cross-Examination: The Art of the Advocate, 4th Edition
Almost a decade has passed since the publication of the third edition of this book, and the authors have taken the opportunity to refresh the content, updating the case law and other developments while retaining the volume's unique historical approach and qualities.
The result is a practical, cutting-edge resource that discusses the many aspects of cross-examination and offers pointers on producing successful results. In short, Cross-Examination: The Art of the Advocate, 4th Edition, serves as an outstanding guide to the skills needed for a career in the courtroom, and warns of the challenges awaiting litigators when facing a witness.
A go-to resource
Cross-Examination: The Art of the Advocate, 4th Edition offers clear, concise descriptions and explanations of the strategies, tools, and techniques that skilled advocates use in conducting the most effective cross-examinations. This text features in-depth discussions of common problems, such as dealing with evasive or lying witnesses and confronting expert witnesses, and also covers key evidentiary rules.
Other benefits of this useful book include its:
- Broad coverage: The content includes information of practical interest to advocates, as well as fascinating narratives of past cases.
- Accessible style: Written in plain language, this publication offers an easy-to-read discussion of the art of cross-examination.
- Current information: This edition has been updated with the most recent relevant decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada.
- Authoritative guidance: The authors include a retired judge and leading criminal defence lawyers with decades of courtroom experience.
Keeping pace with change
This edition has been updated to include the latest case law developments as well as recent trends and challenges facing litigators. Like past editions, it presents as an amalgam of historical and modern approaches to cross-examination, and includes a wealth of practical advice and tactical considerations for successful cross-examinations.
In addition, Cross-Examination: The Art of the Advocate, 4th Edition touches on the transformational impact of social media, digital forensics and computer-based evidence – all of which are ubiquitous in today's litigation. Internet access to jurisprudence coupled with litigation software has revolutionized counsels' ability to revise, collate and arrange massive amounts of case material – making the discussion more relevant than ever.
Cross-Examination: The Art of the Advocate, 4th Edition will be a particularly valuable resource to civil litigators, criminal lawyers and academics.
Table of contents
Chapter 1: Anatomy of a Trial
Chapter 2: Understanding the Process
Chapter 3: Understanding the Rules of the Process
Chapter 4: Goals, Errors and Challenges
Chapter 5: Successful Tools and Techniques
Chapter 6: Witnesses
Chapter 7: Particular Problems
Chapter 8: The Expert Witness