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02. Trial & Pretrial

Justice Scale

Trial Preparation

  • Review and assess records or reports in alleged child abuse cases by social services, psychologists, medical professionals, and police;

  • Review and assess the interrogation techniques used by the State;

  • Assist in the construction of an overall defense strategy;

  • Assist the attorney with incorporating the relevant data/research;

  • Interview and prepare defense witnesses for testifying;

  • Evaluate the case with various national experts in child abuse identification and assessment as well as in coerced confessions, DNA evidence, computer forensics, etc;

  • Recommend experts for testifying or making reports;

  • Assess plea-bargain offers in practical terms.


Ms. Hart’s deposition skills are widely known throughout the country!

  • Assist attorneys in constructing suggested deposition questions for the alleged victim(s), alleged witnesses, social workers, police, medical professionals, psychologists, and experts in child abuse for the State and the defense;

  • Assist during deposition in providing follow-up questions based on the answers given to questions.


  • Assist attorneys with voir dire;

  • Assess jurors during voir dire and recommend challenges;

  • Offer attorney assistance developing cross-examination questions of opposing child abuse experts;

  • Recommend alternate strategies during trial if part of the pre-plan strategy is failing due to unexpected or additional doors being opened by failure of part of the prosecution’s plan.

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