Testifying In Court: How To Prepare For Direct Examination
Paul Bergman (Professor, UCLA School of Law) gives expert video advice on: How do I prepare for direct examination?
How do I prepare for direct examination?
The best way to prepare for direct examination is to have a friend ask you questions, and answer them as though you were in court. Don't just think of what you would say, but actually have someone who's familiar with the case put questions to you and practice answering them and say, well how does that sound? Am I talking too much? Am I not saying enough? Am I looking confident or I look nervous? How can I improve my demeanour, because the judge and maybe the jury is going be looking at me? So the best way to do well on cross-examination is to actually rehearse the question and answer format of direct examination.