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Litigation Skills for South African Lawyers

Publication Language: English

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ISBN/ISSN: 9780409055023
Published: October 29, 2012
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Litigation Skills for South African Lawyers covers everything from your first meeting with a client, through the court process, to meeting after the appeal has been finalised.

Litigation Skills for South African Lawyers includes not only the skills and techniques required for civil litigation, including the new Court-based Mediation, but also the skills and techniques required of a prosecutor and defence counsel in criminal litigation. This publication is essential reading for both civil and criminal litigators.

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Table of contents

Chapter 1: - Interviewing clients and witnesses

Chapter 2: - Advising and counselling clients

Chapter 3: - Alternatives to litigation

Chapter 4: - Preparing to commence action

Chapter 5: - Function, form and style of pleadings

Chapter 6: - Drafting statements of claim

Chapter 7: - Drafting pleas and special pleas

Chapter 8: - Drafting replications and further pleadings

Chapter 9: - Drafting exceptions, applications to strike out and objections to a charge

Chapter 10: - Drafting applications

Chapter 11: - Preparing the case for trial: Advice on evidence

Chapter 12: - Preparing the case for trial: Assembling the evidence

Chapter 13: - Preparation for trial: Legal research

Chapter 14: - Preparation for trial: Fact analysis and strategy

Chapter 15: - The protocol and etiquette of the courtroom

Chapter 16: - Opening statement

Chapter 17: - Examination-in-chief

Chapter 18: - Cross-examination

Chapter 19: - Re-examination

Chapter 20: - Special procedures

Chapter 21: - Closing argument

Chapter 22: - Motion Court

Chapter 23: - Persuasive advocacy: Substance and style

Chapter 24: - Reviews

Chapter 25: - Appeals