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Direct Examination

Author: Webmaster / August 12, 2016 / Categories:

The initial questioning of a witness by the party who called the witness. The purpose is to present testimony containing the factual argument the party is making. Leading questions should not be used on the direct examination of a witness except as may be necessary to develop his testimony.

Redirect Examination – the questioning of a witness by a party who called the witness after that witness has been subject to cross-examination. The purpose of redirect examination is to rebut or clarify any damaging testimony elicited on cross-examination.

In general, the redirect examination of a witness may extend to matters brought out on cross-examination, and ordinarily it should be limited to the scope of the cross-examination, although the court may permit it to go beyond the scope thereof

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