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Trial Techniques and Trials 9E

Ninth Edition

Thomas A. Mauet, University of Arizona

2013.  620 pages.  ISBN: 978-1-4548-2233-2.

About the Book

Best-selling author Thomas A. Mauet—renowned for his skills as a writer and litigator—breaks the trial process down into its critical components for better and quicker student comprehension. His clear, engaging writing features excellent examples that illustrate strategies for opening statements, jury selection, direct- and cross-examination, exhibits, objections, and more. The Federal Rules of Evidence are given in the appendix for easy reference.

The Ninth Edition combines the most effective chapters from Trial Techniques (trial process, the psychology of persuasion, trial preparation and strategy, bench trials) with those from Trials (jury selection, opening statements and closing arguments, direct and cross-examinations).An updated, modern design follows a revised, thoughtful organization. Examples in the Ninth Edition reflect the three principal types of trials: tort, criminal, and commercial. A flexible new approach allows students to either read all the examples or, if they prefer, focus on the plaintiff’s and defendant’s side of a particular kind of case. Online access has been provided to an edited video of a jury trial, formerly only available to users of Trials. A new Teacher’s Manual accompanies the text.


Hallmark features of Trial Techniques:

  • best-selling author¯renowned for his skills both as a writer and litigator
  • clear, engaging writing breaks process down into critical components 
  • excellent examples illustrating strategy:
  • opening statements 
  • jury selection 
  • direct- and cross-examination 
  • exhibits
  • objections, and more
  • Federal Rules of Evidence in appendix for easy reference

Thoroughly updated, the revised Ninth Edition presents:

  • the most effective chapters from Trial Techniques and Trials:
  • Trial Techniques chapters: trial process, the psychology of persuasion, trial preparation and strategy, bench trials
  • Trials chapters: jury selection, opening statements and closing arguments, direct and cross-examinations
  • examples that reflect three principal types of trials: tort, criminal, and commercial
  • a flexible approach 
  • read all the examples, as one approach 
  • focus on plaintiff’s and defendant’s side of a particular kind of case, as the other
  • online access to an edited video of a jury trial
  • formerly only available to users of Trials
  • an updated, modern design and a revised, thoughtful organization
  • a new Teacher’s Manual