When your witness takes the stand, put him at ease by asking him some straightforward questions and by asking him to state his position in the organisation.
Ensure that your questions follow a logical approach. Prepare notes beforehand and make sure you stay on track, according to them, so you don't confuse the witness.
Make sure your questions are clear. NEVER ask a question to which the witness doesn't know the answer.
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Lead the questions, not the witness. Leading the witness is when you pretty much put words in the witness's mouth. Don't do this!
When facts are in dispute, simply ask the witness to explain them in his own words.
You can clarify any points while the witness is giving his testimony. This can be done to place emphasis on what the witness is saying.
Stay away from hearsay evidence
unless you can back it up with direct evidence.
Don't ask the witness to give his opinion unless he's an expert witness.
So, there were eight important tips to remember when questioning witnesses, in presenting evidence
, at an arbitration hearing.
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