- You are required to identify areas to cross-examine from your own work.
- Analyze and review your own report and work product and determine areas of cross-examination
Skills 10 9 8 7 Score
Preparation Language is clear
and relevant Most language is
clear and relevant Few parts of the
clear/relevant The language is not
Elements All of the required
organized and well
placed Most of the
are clearly visible,
organized and well
placed Few of the required
elements are clearly
and well placed.
May be missing
elements Missing most or all
of the required
Punctuation Excellent spelling,
original content 1-2 spelling,
content 3-5 spelling,
with original content Multiple spelling,
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- List 3 areas on which you expect to be cross examined on the issue of your origin location. This
question seeks some specific questions that you expect to be asked, based on your origin opinion.
Do not write a general question such as: “Why did you exclude the other portions of the room?”
Rather, write a more detailed question such as:
“If the living room went to flashover, could that explain why there was a hole in the
“If you were told that the fire department extinguished the living room last, would that
explain why the hole in the floor was so much larger than the hole in the dining
If you start to think like the attorney who will cross examine you, then you will be much
better prepared for any questions you will face.
- List 3 areas on which you expect to be cross examined on the issue of your determination of cause within your area of origin. Be very specific in identifying these 3 areas.
Again, make sure your questions are specific. For example, “If you discovered that the
lab analysis was not reliable, and that the “accelerant” evidence could not be used in
court, what other proof do you have that would be sufficient to support your conclusion
that the cause was arson?”