Credibility is composed of expertise and trustworthiness. Expertise is knowledge about the matter at hand; trustworthiness relates to one’s motives and intentions. Witnesses who are credible in fact finders’ eyes have a marked advantage over witnesses who lack credibility. The client, as the key witness for your side, must demonstrate credibility in every facet of his or her testimony. If the jury or judge disbelieve any aspect of your client’s testimony, however minor in its effect on the legal aspects of your case, this disbelief may provide the basis for finding against your client. Regardless of whether you have tried the “perfect” case, your client’s credibility holds the key to your overall success.
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