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From Truth to Technique at TrialA Discursive History of Metavalues in Trial Advocacy Advice Texts$
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Philip Gaines

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199333608

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199333608.001.0001

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Technique for Success

Technique for Success

Harris (1879)

(p.152) Chapter 6 Technique for Success
From Truth to Technique at Trial

Philip Gaines

Oxford University Press

Chapter 6 offers the final in-depth analysis of an advocacy-advice text: Richard Harris’s (1879) Hints on Advocacy. Although Harris systematically covers the same ground as does Cox in the first volume of The Advocate, Harris’s text is notable in that it focuses exclusively on advocacy advice, making it the first trial manual proper. Because Hints was both complete and advocacy-specific, it gained immediate and continuing popularity with practicing lawyers. This chapter analyzes Harris as the final stage in the development of the metavalue-free advocacy-advice manual. Also discussed is the role of the treatise as a prototype for the burgeoning literature in trial manuals—in the almost exclusively American context.

Keywords:   Harris, art of advocacy, human nature, jury, technique, cross-examination, witnesses, theory, appearance

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