Losing points with the jury is the last thing you want in your trial. At the end of the day, the jury will scrutinize your client more than anybody else in the room. So you want to bulletproof your client before they even get up on the stand.
Compassion fatigue is not unusual in a world where we are constantly bombarded by horrific news. You should not repeat the same testimony over and over again. You risk wasting their time and losing their patience.
Therefore, make sure you’re keeping things as organized as possible. Organize your topics, have bulletproof questions and be able to shift and pivot after the defense opening or other witness testimony.
In this episode, learn how to organize the direct exam of the client. One of the first steps is to create a topic list. Your questions are more likely going to be based on this. It will navigate you through the process of preparing your client for when you put them on the stand. Also, this is a process that you can start very early and take care of the other more important things you need to do for the trial.
In this episode, you will hear:
- Why you need to come up with a topic list
- The point of view of the jury
- Topics of liability and damages
- Other witnesses and order of proof
- Considering the possibility of compassion fatigue
- Time management strategies
- Preparing your exhibits
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