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CROSS EXAMINATION

the questioning of a witness, by a party or lawyer other than the one who called the witness, concerning matters bout which the witness has testified during DIRECT EXAMINATION. The purpose is to discredit or clarify testimony already given so as to neutralize damaging testimony or present facts in a light more favorable to the party against whom the direct testimony was offered. DIRECT EXAMINATION: the initial questioning of a witness by the party who called the witness. The purpose is to present testimony containing the factual argument the party is making.
REDIRECT EXAMINATION: the questioning of a witness by a party who called the witness, which occurs after that witness has been subjected to cross-examination. The purpose of redirect examination is to rebut or to clarify any damaging testimony elicited on cross-examination.
Source: Barron's Dictionary of Legal Terms, Steven H. Gifis, 5th Edition; © 2016

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