No courtroom skill is more fundamental to a defense attorney's practice than cross-examination. Effective cross starts with a strong foundation of core skills, but can take many forms. The cross of a 10-year-old child will look very different from the cross of a 10-year veteran police detective; techniques used to expose expert bias may not be effective to expose an eyewitness's mistake. Here are some resources to help defenders hone this vital skill.
Want More Cross?
- Cross-Examination of Difficult Witnesses - Eric Davis and Karen Smolar
- Cross-Examination of the State’s DNA Expert - Carrie Wood and Nathan Adams
- Cross of the Child Witness with Live Demo - Laurie Shanks
- Advanced Cross of Experts & Officers in DUI Cases - Larry Pozner
Additional NACDL Member Resources on Cross
- Digital Age and Practice: Practical and Tactical Workflow for Cross-Examination (Naseem, Dec. 2019)
- Cross Country: Techniques for Impeachment by Prior Inconsistent Statements (Pozner, Dec. 2019)
- Practice Points: Cross-Examination--It is All About the Story! (Duarte, June 2015)
- Cross-Esamining the Expert Witness: Do's, Don'ts and the Occassional Maybe (Sim, Feb. 2012)
Join us for NACDL's Spring Meeting!
Larry Pozner, a master of cross-examination, and co-author of "Cross-Examination: Science and Technique" will be the featured speaker in a special 4-hour session.
Cross-Examination Manuals, Video, & Self-Study CLE
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Cross-Examination Trial Pack
NACDL’s new Cross-Examination Trial Pack includes three of our best-selling Cross-Examination resources: “Damage Control: Situational Cross-Examination Techniques Trial Guide”, "Ultimate Cross 2.0: Audio Recordings & Written Materials" and "Sample Cross-Examination Questions."
This masterful collection of cross-examination resources provide countless tips, techniques and strategies for a variety of criminal case-specific scenarios. Learn to cross-examine a variety of trial witnesses!
Death Investigation: Forensic Pathology in the Courtroom and Cause & Manner of Death (2022)
This unique program provides criminal defense lawyers with an accurate and clear overview of forensic pathology and the countless factors to consider in a death investigation and will methodically explain what happens during an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.
You'll uncover the different types of medicolegal death investigations, what to request from your MDI expert, quality benchmarks for accreditation and certification, guidelines and standards, common terminology and frequently asked questions.
The Psychology of Persuasion & Storytelling for Criminal Defense Lawyers
This Trial Resource Guide is a masterful collection of practical tips, techniques and strategies focused solely on using the arts and sciences of persuasion to improve your storytelling skills at trial.
You'll learn how to master the ability to communicate with juries, deliver powerful openings and closings, perform convincing cross-examinations, use effective courtroom choreography and non-verbal communication, identify and develop the optimal theme and theory for your case, and offer compelling arguments during mitigation and sentencing.
Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault & Child Victims Cases (2022)
Defending charges of sexual assault and child abuse can be daunting — but with the right tools, it doesn’t have to be.
Every year, NACDL identifies the hottest topics and most pressing issues when defending these cases, and brings-in nationally-renowned lawyers and experts to help you prepare for battle. This year’s 13th Annual Defending Sex Cases training program is our best yet; packed with topics and speakers you won’t want to miss!