Scintillae Juris, And, Meditations in the Tea Room
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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC
By: Charles John Darling Darling
Excerpt from book: I ONCE HEARD IT SAID BY A Of Examin- skilful and successful advocate, ing in Chief now a Judge, that it is less difficult to cross-examine than to examine in chief : and, although I fancy that few would have come to this conclusion, yet I think it a just one : for it is far easier to put questions which may place a man in an unattractive position than so to conduct his examination as to make him show to the greatest advantage. And, indeed, the gift required seems to me to partake somewhat of that con- structivity said to be so rare among our politicians. Many a ragged fellow has broken painted windows, though none but Albert Diirer could have made them. It is true, nevertheless, that but little attention is bestowed upon the examining in chief of a witness, while many arts are exercised to produce an effect in cross-examining : and this, because the one is so much more engaging to spectators than the other, and seems to have a more considerable influence upon the issue of the contest by reason of its results being more quickly perceived. The examination in chief is, as it Baron Huddleston. Scintillae were, the founding of the witness : the Juris fortifying him : the circumvallation and provisioning of him for the siege that is to follow. You place him on a hill by an allusion to his being a Justice of Peace, or an Officer in Her Majesty's Service. You surround him with the out-works of character, and barricade him with an enumeration of his clubs. His allies in peace and war are delicately suggested by a chance allusion to his uncle's being a duke, or to his banking at Coutts's. Around him you may draw the defences of holy orders, and before him erect the sallyport of the pulpit. You may conceal his weaknesses, or skilfully turn them to his benefit, by the exercise of ca...