Good published material on cross-examination is often hard to come by. It rarely discusses in any detail the scope of cross-examination, i.e. the permitted aims of cross-examination.
I have just noticed a good long organized checklist of the possible and permitted aims of cross-examination. It is in an older legal dictionary. What I am looking at is pp. 284-85 of the 4th impression (1953) of the 14th edition (1938) of Wharton’s Law Lexicon (Stevens & Sons/Sweet & Maxwell, London). [See Whartons Seventh Edition pgs 218-219 for this same list provided here.] This checklist occupies most of the entry under the alphabetical heading “Cross-examination”.
– Hon. J.E. Côté
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Justice Côté recently retired from the Court of Appeal of Alberta and currently acts as an arbitrator, mediator, or referee under Rules 6.44 and 6.45 of the Alberta Rules of Court.