Definition of Direct examination

1. Noun. (law) the initial questioning of a witness by the party that called the witness.

Generic synonyms: Examination, Interrogation, Interrogatory
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law

Definition of Direct examination

1. Noun. (legal) : In a legal trial, the questioning of a witness by the attorney for the party who has called the witness to testify. ¹

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Literary usage of Direct examination

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Treatise on the Law of Criminal Evidence: Including the Rules Regulating by Harry Clay Underhill (1898)
"Re-direct examination.—A party calling a witness may re- examine him after he has been cross-examined. On this re- examination the witness may be questioned ..."

2. A Treatise on the System of Evidence in Trials at Common Law: Including the by John Henry Wigmore (1904)
"direct examination, in general ; Putting in Documents. There are in general no detailed rules limiting the topics appropriate for the direct examination. ..."

3. Forensic Oratory: A Manual for Advocates by William Callyhan Robinson (1893)
"Duties of the Advocate during the Cross Examination of his own Witnesses: To Prepare for the Re-direct examination. In the second place, ..."

4. A Brief for the Trial of Civil Issues Before a Jury by Austin Abbott, William Charles Wermuth (1922)
"The direct examination of a witness cannot properly be limited by the court to the question whether he agrees with or differs from the testimony of a prior ..."

5. Handbook of the Law of Evidence by John Jay McKelvey (1907)
"direct examination. 247. The initial examination of a witness by the party calling him is known as the direct examination. The direct examination must coyer ..."

6. A Treatise on the Law of Witnesses by Stewart Rapalje (1887)
"Re-direct Examination. — The conduct and extent of the re-direct examination (which follows, and is intended to neutralize the effect of the ..."

7. A Treatise on the Law of Evidence by Simon Greenleaf (1899)
"Stanton (1 P. Wms. 414) is not an adverse authority; for, in that case, the direct examination was not completed, and the witness had not signed the ..."

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