“Represent!”
Tips and Tricks for Witnesses
• Don’t show that you’re nervous.
If you start to shake, sit on your hands!
• LISTEN to what...
Tips and Tricks for Witnesses
• Don’t give an opinion unless you’re asked for
it.
• Make sure you only talk about YOU – wh...
Tips and Tricks for Lawyers
• Be a strong presenter. Take charge of the
courtroom. Act like you’re supposed to be there.
•...
Tips and Tricks for Lawyers
• If you don’t hear the answer you’re looking
for, REPHRASE the question to get it.
• If there...
The two most COMMON types of
OBJECTIONS are:
1. SPECULATION
and

2. HEARSAY
1. SPECULATION
Ex: A witness is asked to give or offers testimony
on what another person THOUGHT or FELT.
(How could they ...
1. SPECULATION
LAWYER: What did she think about that?
or
WITNESS: I guess he felt that he was being
betrayed.
“OBJECTION. ...
2. HEARSAY
Ex: A witness is asked to give or offers testimony
about a conversation that they did not
personally hear or ta...
2. HEARSAY
LAWYER: What was it that you heard that she
said?
or
WITNESS: Suzie told me that Ken said he wasn’t
coming to w...
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Mock Trial: First Look

  1. 1. “Represent!”
  2. 2. Tips and Tricks for Witnesses • Don’t show that you’re nervous. If you start to shake, sit on your hands! • LISTEN to what the lawyer is asking you. ANSWER ONLY the question that they ask. • “YES” or “NO” questions are easy.
  3. 3. Tips and Tricks for Witnesses • Don’t give an opinion unless you’re asked for it. • Make sure you only talk about YOU – what YOU saw, heard, thought, experienced… • Be polite. Stay in character. It helps! 
  4. 4. Tips and Tricks for Lawyers • Be a strong presenter. Take charge of the courtroom. Act like you’re supposed to be there. • Only ask questions that YOU KNOW THE ANSWER TO. Don’t take risks when trying to trap a witness in a lie. • LISTEN to what the witness says, even if you think you know the answer.
  5. 5. Tips and Tricks for Lawyers • If you don’t hear the answer you’re looking for, REPHRASE the question to get it. • If there is an OBJECTION, you can always rephrase the question. • Don’t be intimidated by a witness, the judge, or opposing counsel. • Be polite and respectful of everyone.
  6. 6. The two most COMMON types of OBJECTIONS are: 1. SPECULATION and 2. HEARSAY
  7. 7. 1. SPECULATION Ex: A witness is asked to give or offers testimony on what another person THOUGHT or FELT. (How could they possibly know what was going through someone else’s head???)
  8. 8. 1. SPECULATION LAWYER: What did she think about that? or WITNESS: I guess he felt that he was being betrayed. “OBJECTION. CALLS FOR SPECULATION.”
  9. 9. 2. HEARSAY Ex: A witness is asked to give or offers testimony about a conversation that they did not personally hear or take part in. (How could they possibly know what was really said when they didn’t hear it for themselves???)
  10. 10. 2. HEARSAY LAWYER: What was it that you heard that she said? or WITNESS: Suzie told me that Ken said he wasn’t coming to work today. “OBJECTION. CALLS FOR HEARSAY.”
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