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About Each Page
Page #1- The Focus Sheet
Summarize the role of the witness and how they fit within the theory of your case.
The Focus Sheet Outlines:
- strengths and weaknesses of each witness
- key facts to expose that support your theory
- keywords that you want to use in your questions (that support your theory of the case)
- legal objections you anticipate
- documents you need to rely upon (such as prior inconsistent statements)
- topics of cross-examination that you anticipate using in your completed cross examination questions
Page #2- The Checklist
The checklist provides a list of numerous cross-examination techniques that can be used to destroy your witnesses reliability, credibility and plausibility. A few of these techniques are shown below.
Challenge your witness by evaluating:
- Biases / Alternative Interests
- Prior inconsistent statements / contradictions with other evidence
- Prior convictions or instances of misconduct
- Lack of personal knowledge
- Mental / sensory deficiencies
- Drug or substance abuse
Page #3- The Summaries Sheet
Condense lengthy pre-trial statements or transcripts (of evidence) into just the portions that are relevant to your case.
Page #4- The Facts Sheet
Extract just the facts from pre-trial statements, and segment them by topic. This will help you easily create cross examination questions based on various topics, on the final worksheet in the notebook.
Page #5- The Preparation Chart
Compare and contrast statements + pieces of evidence from your witness against that of other witnesses. List important facts and areas of interest that can later be integrated into your questions. Generally speaking, the chart allows you to view every internal and external inconsistency to help you impeach your witness(es).
The Focus Sheet Outlines:
- Easily view key witness statements + pieces of evidence
- Find & locate discrepancies that will be useful to bring out in your cross examination
Page #4- The Questions Sheet
Now that you are equipped with:
- The general theory of your case - from worksheet #1
- The various ways in which you can destroy your witnesses reliability, credibility and plausibility - from worksheet #2
- Relevant segments from your pre-trial statements / transcripts of evidence - from worksheet #3
- Bulleted facts, segmented by topic - from worksheet #4
- Inconsistencies between pre - trial statements and points of evidence - from worksheet #5
You use the data to create questions, while simultaneously viewing prior worksheets on the split screen feature Aleri offers. Aleri segments your questions by topic, and allows you to print this sheet (or any other sheet in the software) to pdf so that you can head to trial prepared to succeed.