examination in chief

examination in chief
in court practice, the part of the case, whether civil or criminal, in which a party elicits from a witness his own case. Thus, the prosecution may examine the investigating police officers in chief to attempt to prove the case against the accused. Leading questions (See leading question) (those that suggest their own answer) should be avoided in examination in chief. In England, the court may allow leading questions if the court permits the witness to be treated as hostile. See cross-examination.

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  • examination-in-chief — examiˌnation in ˈchief noun [countable, uncountable] LAW when someone who is a witness in a court of law is asked questions by the person who calls the witnesses: • A witness cannot be asked in examination in chief about any previous statement… …   Financial and business terms

  • Examination in chief — Examination Ex*am i*na tion, n. [L. examinatio: cf. F. examination.] 1. The act of examining, or state of being examined; a careful search, investigation, or inquiry; scrutiny by study or experiment. [1913 Webster] 2. A process prescribed or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • examination-in-chief — examināˈtion in chief noun (law) Questioning of one s own witness (cf ↑cross examination) • • • Main Entry: ↑examine …   Useful english dictionary

  • examination-in-chief — noun the examination of a witness by the party who called them …   Wiktionary

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  • examination in chief — The first or direct examination of a witness by the party who has called him to testify. Webber v Barry, 66 Mich 127, 33 NW 289 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • examination in chief — direct examination …   Useful english dictionary

  • examination-in-chief — noun Law the questioning of a witness by the party which has called that witness to give evidence, in support of the case being made …   English new terms dictionary

  • examination — ex‧am‧i‧na‧tion [ɪgˌzæmˈneɪʆn] noun 1. [countable, uncountable] when you look closely at something in order to see what it is like or whether it is in good condition: • The cover up was designed to obstruct the auditor s examination of his… …   Financial and business terms

  • examination — ex·am·i·na·tion n: the act or process of examining; esp: a formal questioning esp. in a court proceeding see also cross examination, direct examination, recross examination, redirect examination compare …   Law dictionary

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