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Direct Examination

direct examination n

: the first examination of a witness by the party calling the witness compare cross-examination , redirect examination NOTE: Leading questions are not allowed on direct examination unless the witness is shown to be hostile.



Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.