Plain English for Lawyers

English has gone through many changes over the centuries.  For example, expressions of politeness such as “I beg of you” or “If it please you” are no longer used.  Today we simply say “please”.  Modern language constantly evolves.  The legal language, however, has not kept pace.  Lawyers continue to see archaic phrases and Latin terminology. …

Cross-examination

Cross-examination is considered to be the most effective way of testing the accuracy of a witnesses’ testimony.  It is said to be the best tool for challenging evidence to ascertain the truth.  It is often referred to as an “art” or an “intuitive skill” that is the most difficult of all lawyering skills to master. …