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Transcript of Questioning Techniques
: A query that suggests to the witness how it is to be answered or puts words into the mouth of the witness to be merely repeated in his or her response.
Leading questions are permissible in cross-examination of the opposing party, but should not be used in direct examination.
"To Kill A Mockingbird"
Why are questioning techniques so important?
a lawyer's way of skillfully asking witnesses certain questions that will lead the witness to give specific answers that support the lawyer's case
By Olivia Arnold, Danny Bass, and Paulette Flood
: Questions that are not answerable by yes or no and are designed to encourage a witness to talk more about the topic and draw out a person’s knowledge and feelings.
Open-ended questions usually start with “What”, “How”, “Why”, and phrases like “Tell me about...”
Open ended questions are effective in both examination and cross examination.
Types of Questioning Techniques:
What is a "questioning technique"?
: a question asked in direct speech that can be easily answered; It can sometimes be a yes or no response.
Direct questions should be used during direct examination and can be used as a leading question to further develop a testimony.
"A Few Good Men"
: Weren't you at Best Buy at 11pm on the night of the crime?
: Where were you on the night of the murder?
: Were you at the mall last Saturday night at the time of the shooting in the parking lot?
Questioning helps to organize the incoherent and disorganized testimonies that witnesses often present.
Questioning allows a lawyer to probe deep into the issues and, if done effectively, they will obtain information that is crucial to making their case.