Surviving cross examination.
This is my second article on trial practice for surveyors. Last time I suggested a few tips to help you with direct testimony. These included certain basic concepts that could be used as a guide to organizing your information and mentally preparing yourself to explain a survey to a judge or jury. Preparation for cross examination is much more difficult because you are not in control of the process. Here, mental preparation is about all you can do.
It helps tremendously to understand what the attorney who is cross examining you is trying to achieve. Cross examination by a good trial attorney can be intimidating and is intentionally full of traps for the unwary witness. However, cross examination also has some serious traps for the attorney. Seldom will a witness be able to use cross examination to his or her advantage, but he or she can certainly minimize the damage.