1 Professional Skills

Mastering the Art of Cross-Examination

LawCPD author: Grace Lawson
Grace Lawson
Barrister & Author Queensland Bar
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Cross-examination is a difficult skill to master, however, this can be achieved with appropriate preparation, structure and an understanding of potential pitfalls.

Cross-examination is said to be one of the most difficult of all lawyering skills to master. However, even the most celebrated counsel started somewhere before they eventually mastered this skill.

This course provides a practical overview for practitioners on cross-examination of witnesses, from preparation through to the potential pitfalls to avoid in the courtroom. The course covers the following topics:

  • how to prepare and structure cross-examination;
  • tips on conducting an effective cross-examination;
  • special circumstances that require additional vigilance, such as cross-examination of experts, children and other vulnerable or special witnesses; and
  • how to deal with objections to questions in cross-examination. 

Last Reviewed: January 2024

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LawCPD author: Grace Lawson
Grace Lawson
Barrister & Author Queensland Bar

Grace Lawson practices as a Barrister in Queensland. Her practice includes family law, personal injury law, and employment law.

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  1. 5.0/5
    Very informative.
    The course was a good overall summary of the art and skills in cross examination.
  2. 4.0/5
    Clear and instructive course
  3. 5.0/5
    This was very good.
    The course provided some helpful examples and techniques on the topic.
  4. 5.0/5
    Great topic
    The course was very informative.
  5. 5.0/5
    Course provided a clear outline of cross examination
    The Course was logically presented and clearly expressed the ideas involved, aiding in memory of its contents.
  6. 5.0/5
    Well-explained practical advice.
    The course provided well explained practical advice that will assist legal practitioners in court. I believe that the tips provided will assist me in improving my advocacy in the courtroom.