Difference between revisions of "Testify"

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To '''testify''' is to answer questions in [[court]].[[Category:Legal Terms]]
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To '''testify''', also known as to '''give evidence''', is to answer questions as a witness in [[court]].
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In normal circumstances the party calling a witness to testify will have an initial chance to perform a [[direct examination]] before the opposing side has a chance to [[cross-examine]].  The initial side will then have a chance to [[re-direct]] on any matters raised during the cross-examination.  All testimony in court is given [[under oath]] which means charges of [[perjury]] will apply to any deliberate lies told. 
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Normally a witness can only be asked about what they know about an event; that is what they themselves directly saw or heard.  Only a properly qualified [[expert witness]] may be asked their opinion about their evidence, or to draw an inference from the available facts. 
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Revision as of 03:54, 7 March 2013

To testify, also known as to give evidence, is to answer questions as a witness in court.

In normal circumstances the party calling a witness to testify will have an initial chance to perform a direct examination before the opposing side has a chance to cross-examine. The initial side will then have a chance to re-direct on any matters raised during the cross-examination. All testimony in court is given under oath which means charges of perjury will apply to any deliberate lies told.

Normally a witness can only be asked about what they know about an event; that is what they themselves directly saw or heard. Only a properly qualified expert witness may be asked their opinion about their evidence, or to draw an inference from the available facts.