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Cross-examination – trick or fair treatment?




Speaker: Professor Penny Cooper, The City Law School, City University London

Cross-examination – trick or fair treatment?

Our system of justice is adversarial and cross-examination is one of the cornerstones. It is recognised as playing a key role in testing the evidence of a witness. But what is really going on during cross-examination? What are the advocates trying to achieve and how are they supposed to go about it? In Court do they really formulate questions properly and what are the psychological games being played on the witness? Should the courts control the manner of cross-examination to limit trauma to a witness?


Professor Cooper will critically examine cross-examination practices and asks if it is a fair tool to use in pursuit of justice - or is it more trick than fair treatment?

Penny Cooper is a Professor of Law and an Associate Dean at The City Law School, City University London. Her teaching and research now predominantly focuses on witnesses and how they achieve their best evidence.

She is the author/co author of numerous articles and books including the latest edition of Reporting to Court (TSO, 2006), Experts in the Civil Courts (OUP, 2006) and the Expert Witness Pack which appears in DVD format accompanying Lord Justice Wall’s Handbook for Expert Witnesses (Jordan Publishing Ltd, 2007). She also co-wrote All you need to know about being a Trainee Solicitor (Longtail, 2008) now also being published in China and Nigeria. Before joining City University London in 2002, Penny practised as a barrister for over ten years. She has been a governor of the Expert Witness Institute since 2007.

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6.30pmWednesday 6th October 2010

Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre Tait Building City, University of London 10 Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom