Effective Examinations: Things They Never Told Us (Archived Video Stream) 

Feb. 7, 2013
Toronto Online


This is the archived version of a program presented on February 7, 2013. This video also includes the Live Q&A portion of the Webcast Replay from August 28, 2013.

In examinations, lawyers have to think on their feet and make difficult on-the-spot decisions that have implications for their entire case. Being prepared is essential. This program features experienced courtroom lawyers providing tips on how to prepare for examinations: what you should cover and what you shouldn’t, how to deal with difficult witnesses and opposing counsel, and how to make the most of your 7 hours (or less). This program will provide practical guidance on how to maximize the effectiveness of your examinations and how to avoid mistakes that can undermine your case.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • How to prepare for examination-in-chief, cross-examination, and discovery
  • Questions that must be asked
  • Questions not to ask
  • When to object and when not to object
  • How to deal with difficult witnesses
  • How to interact with opposing parties and the court



Andrea Sanche, Ricketts, Harris LLP
Barry Weintraub, Rueter Scargall Bennett LLP


The Art of Examinations: Introduction of Program Theme
Barry Weintraub, Rueter Scargall Bennett LLP

Effective Examinations for Discovery
Richard B. Swan, Bennett Jones LLP
John Cannings Esq., John Cannings, Barristers

Conducting Examinations in Chief
Alfred M. Kwinter, Singer Kwinter
Glenn A. Smith, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP
The Honourable E. Eva Frank, Ontario Superior Court of Justice

Effective Cross-Examination
Bryan Finlay, QC, WeirFoulds LLP
Geoffrey Adair, QC, Adair Morse LLP
The Honourable Mary Lou Benotto, Ontario Superior Court of Justice

What We Have Learned: Program Wrap-up
Andrea Sanche, Ricketts Harris LLP

Question Period


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