Direct Examination in Criminal Cases

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This paper provides tips for conducting effective direct examinations in criminal trials. It discusses how to properly prepare for a direct examination, including what materials to provide to a witness, how to advise a witness, and how to deal with special witnesses (such as experts, children, etc.). It also provides strategies for structuring and drafting direct examination questions and for handling evidence and exhibits.

This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s Criminal Procedure Fundamentals program in Calgary on September 21, 2018 and in Edmonton on September 28, 2018.

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