Most trials are won on the strength of your case-in-chief, not on the weaknesses of the other side's case. An examination-in-chief, therefore, that presents the facts of the case clearly, logically and forcefully will usually have a decisive effect on the outcome of the trial. In this series segment we will discuss the elements of an effective examination-in- chief, and will review the types of examinations-in-chief that are repeatedly encountered in civil and criminal trials.