direct examination

noun

Definition of direct examination

: the first examination of a witness by the party calling the witness — compare cross-examination

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First Known Use of direct examination

circa 1859


Law Dictionary

direct examination

noun

legal Definition of direct examination

: the first examination of a witness by the party calling the witness — compare cross-examination, redirect examination
Note: As a general rule, leading questions are not allowed on direct examination, but there are exceptions, as when the witness is shown to be hostile.

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