examination, direct examination, cross examination

  • Each party "examines" witnesses by asking them questions relevant to the issues in the case. First, the party or party's lawyer who called the witness to testify ask questions, called "examination" or "direct examination." The opposing party or lawyer then may ask that witness questions, called "cross examination."

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1Oregon Judicial Department, Juror Information: Glossary of Terms, http://­www.ojd.state.or.us/­jurorinfo/­glossary.htm (last accessed May 27, 2009).