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The Art of Cross-Examination

by Francis L. Wellman

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I became aware of this book through a reference in "Stranger in a strange land". It's not a book that I'd have picked up otherwise.

I'm not a legal professional, but I found it an easy and interesting read from a layman's perspective. I can't comment on how accurate or useful it is for a modern barrister though.

It mainly consists of "war stories" from the author's career as a barrister, which are used as examples of what and what not to do when conducting a cross-examination. ( )
  Pondlife | Jul 9, 2014 |
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  Farella | Mar 29, 2011 |
At first glance, The Art of Cross-Examination is a period piece. The first edition appeared over a century ago, in 1903, and the last dates from the 1930's. Yet if there is a more useful how-to book for practicing lawyers, I haven't come across it. Even for those, like me, who never conduct a trial, Mr. Wellman offers valuable guidance on the necessary tasks of extracting accurate information from sometimes recalcitrant clients and preparing them to be quizzed by others.

Because cross-examination is, as the book's title states, an "art", for which laying down scientific laws is impossible, the best way to study it is through examples, of which one here finds a treasure trove. Some are masterpieces, such as Edward Carson's devastating questioning of the candy magnate George Cadbury in the Evening Standard libel case (1908). Others highlight common mistakes. While trials have changed over the past 70 years, the differences are not great enough to obsolesce the vicarious experience gathered here.

This is not, however, merely instruction for the legal profession. The author has chosen his examples for their entertainment value as well as their technical interest. Laymen will enjoy reading them - and may learn something, too. The court room is hardly the only venue for hard questions. ( )
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The Making of the Modern Law: Legal Treatises, 1800-1926 includes over 20,000 analytical, theoretical and practical works on American and British Law. It includes the writings of major legal theorists, including Sir Edward Coke, Sir William Blackstone, James Fitzjames Stephen, Frederic William Maitland, John Marshall, Joseph Story, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. and Roscoe Pound, among others. Legal Treatises includes casebooks, local practice manuals, form books, works for lay readers, pamphlets, letters, speeches and other works of the most influential writers of their time. It is of great value to researchers of domestic and international law, government and politics, legal history, business and economics, criminology and much more.
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New York ; London : Macmillan, 1905. 404 p. ; 23 cm

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