Direct Examination 2016

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"Last Kick at the Can" Rebroadcast
Friday, December 9, 2016; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

(Original course: Friday, April 15, 2016)

Who should attend: Both civil and criminal litigators who wish to develop, hone, or renew the skill set that is fundamental to the conduct of a trial.

Learning level: Fundamental

In the world of trial techniques, cross-examination gets a lot of attention while direct examination is usually taken for granted. It is often assumed that direct examination is a very straightforward matter; after all, it is your witness telling his or her own story is it not? Experienced counsel know that matters are not so simple. It is probably true that more cases are won or lost on direct examination than on cross-examination. In this vein, the program has as its objective the improvement of counsel’s skills in direct examination through a review of the principles and practices that underlie effective preparation and execution of direct examination.

At this course you will learn...

  • how to preparing your witness: the principles, professionalism issues, and practical pointers governing this critical first step in preparing for trial
  • the basics of organizing your evidence and preparing your witness to deliver it in court
  • techniques that will help ensure that your case on direct is complete and delivered effectively
  • techniques and strategies to manage potential problems with one’s own witnesses
  • how to deal with the challenging area of re-examination, perhaps one of the most difficult issues that can arise with one’s own witness
  • how to deal with a host of common procedural issues that can arise in direct examination and how to deal with the unexpected
  • how to use demonstrative aides to good effect—for the witness and the trier of fact
  • how to manage direct examination of expert witnesses—where the challenges are coming from a totally difference place from that of lay witnesses
  • the View from the Bench: the truth about what works and does not work at trial

Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 6 hours (a minimum of 1 hour will involve aspects of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management).

Course Chairs
Michael J. Brundrett — Crown Counsel, Ministry of Justice, Vancouver
Lisa Martz — Gudmundseth Mickelson LLP, Vancouver


"Last Kick at the Can" Rebroadcast: $475

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CLEBC Program Lawyer
Raymond Lee

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