In this he defended the forensic aspect of the gospel.
The accusations are frequently unfounded; but the trials are already conducted in a certain regular forensic form.
His forensic life begins in 81 B.C., at the age of twenty-five.
Cockburn's forensic style was remarkable for its clearness, pathos and simplicity; and his conversational powers were unrivalled among his contemporaries.
He has that power of concise and lucid narration, of terse reasoning, of persuasive appeal, which is required by the forensic speaker.
But the forensic speeches of Demosthenes for public causes are not only political in this general sense.
A forensic speech, composed for a public cause, opens the political career of Demosthenes with a protest against a signal abuse.
It is not logically distinguishable from the halakha, for the latter or forensic element makes up with the haggada the Midrash, but, being more popular than the halakha, is often itself styled the Midrash.
He engaged at once in forensic and political life.
He very rapidly acquired a large practice, and after taking silk in 1842 he gained a reputation for forensic oratory surpassing that of all his contemporaries, and rivalling that of his most famous predecessors of the 18th century.
He had no forensic eloquence; but the cold obstinacy with which he pressed his charges was more convincing than any rhetoric, and he seldom failed to secure a conviction.
His formally political speeches must never be considered apart from his forensic speeches in public causes.
The whole apparatus of "forensic" ideas (law, punishment, satisfaction, &c.) is summarily rejected as foreign to God's purpose of love.
But though he attained a fair practice at the bar, and was recognized as a lawyer of unusual mental distinction and clarity, his forensic success was not nearly so conspicuous as that of some of his contemporaries.