Mock Trial Written Direct Examination

Mock Trial and Litigation
Written Direct Examination
• Direct examination should include open-ended (non-leading) questions.
• Your questions should benefit the prosecution if you pick a prosecution witness or the defense if you pick a defense witness
• You should also include the anticipated answers to your questions.
• The goal of the direct examination is to get to the essential elements that you need from that witness to further the overall case. Don’t try to get through every element of the packet
• It’s okay to include information that doesn’t benefit your case if it would be likely to come up into trial and you want to present it first to show to the jury that you’re not hiding it.
• Follow the template
• Consult the rubric and make sure you meet all the elements
• Four page limit
• Question/answer format
• Make sure you introduce at least the required exhibits for your witness
• If you pick Trenton Bateman, establish him as an expert by proving his credentials as shown in the Litigation slide deck

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