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Engines of TruthProducing Veracity in the Victorian Courtroom$
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Wendie E Schneider

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300125665

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300125665.001.0001

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The Gentlemanly Art of Cross-examination

The Gentlemanly Art of Cross-examination

(p.48) Chapter Two The Gentlemanly Art of Cross-examination
Engines of Truth

Wendie Ellen Schneider

Yale University Press

This chapter looks at the steady augmentation of the barrister’s role as guarantor of testimonial accuracy. Developments in the law of evidence, shifts in power between barristers and trial judges, and the growing importance of cross-examination all contributed to this process. This chapter follows the rise of cross-examination by investigating the controversies regarding its role and nature that periodically erupted in the popular and legal presses. By the end of the nineteenth century, cross-examination had assumed its contemporary place as the main protection against testimonial duplicity, a change driven in large part by the professional self-interest of the bar.

Keywords:   Legal ethics, Cross-examination, Barristers, Tichborne Trial, Character evidence

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