The Power of a Moment

A longtime trial attorney and partner at a successful firm recently shared some of his insight on questioning witnesses. He maintained that when examining a witness, the length of time you spend interviewing them and the level of detail you seek from them in the questions you ask, should very depending on how you want the jury to perceive the moment.

“Draw out a moment if you want it to seem like an event, ask many questions, and paint a detailed picture for the jury. If you want a moment to seem like a quick, instantaneous thing, or something that the witness could not have possibly perceived accurately, ask a few, short questions, questions asking for more general responses.”