To write direct examination questions for a mock trial, draft witness-specific questions, focus on non-leading wording and keep the questions short. During the trial, listen to the answer provided by the witness and ask follow-up questions based on the testimony.
To write direct examination questions:
- Understand the purpose of the witness
- Ask non-leading questions
- Keep questions short
Lawyers need to understand why their witnesses are important and what information they can relate.
Let the witness do most of the talking. Start questions with who, what, where, when, why or how rather than asking yes or no questions.
Keep the questions short, focused and to the point.
Listen to the answers provided by the witness and ask subsequent questions based on the witness's testimony.