Direct Examination

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Definition: Direct Examination




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Dictionary Definition


n. the first questioning of a witness during a trial or deposition (testimony out of court), as distinguished from cross-examination by opposing attorneys and redirect examination when the witness is again questioned by the original attorney.


Full Definition of Direct Examination


At trial, the initial questioning of a party or witness by the side that called him or her to testify. The major purpose of direct examination is to explain your version of events to the judge or jury and to undercut your adversary’s version. Good direct examination seeks to prove all facts necessary to satisfy the plaintiff’s legal claims or causes of action — for example, that the defendant breached a valid contract and, as a result, the plaintiff suffered a loss.


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Direct Examination are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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