NACDL - Are Younger’s Ten Commandments of Cross Still Good Law in Today’s Courtroom?

Are Younger’s Ten Commandments of Cross Still Good Law in Today’s Courtroom?

Prior to Professor Irving Younger’s lecture on the Ten Commandments of Cross-Examination, no organized effort had been made to outline how an attorney should form and ask cross-examination questions designed to attack credibility. In Younger’s estimation, 25 jury trials are required for attorneys to gain their “sea legs” and become good cross-examiners. Bill James assesses Younger’s Ten Commandments to determine if they have withstood the test of time.