What Is Cross-Examination?

Based more on a courtroom model , this style has debaters give a constructive speech (testimony) followed by a cross-examination (questioning) by another debater.


To allow for questions which will add to debate or argument. The hope is that an examiner will obtain of valuable admissions or highlight weaknesses in the opponents’ case.

How is it evaluated?

  • Look for control. Who is controlling this questioning?
  • Are (some) answers obtained used well in the rebuttal?
  • Do debaters do their jobs properly?

Cross Examination Terms

  • The resolution is called the topic or the question.
  • While a role may be played, it isn’t necessarily the government, so all speeches are directed to the Moderator.
  • Debaters are the Affirmative or the Negative, maybe Proposition and Opposition.
  • Definitions are not to be squirrelled (changed from the original intention)
  • There aren’t any points of order, personal privilege or POIs. Rule violations, if not pointed out in the rebuttal, may be addressed at the end.
  • Questions may be taken from any speech during the debate.