Direct Examination

Definition - What does Direct Examination mean?

Direct examination is the primary questioning of a witness during a trial or deposition. Direct examinations are performed by the attorney who called the witness to the stand.

Direct examinations are different from cross-examinations, which are when the attorney who did not call the witness to the stand questions the witness after the direct examination.

Justipedia explains Direct Examination

If an attorney voluntarily brings a witness to the witness stand, then it is typically because they think that the the testimony that this witness provides during direct examination will be beneficial to the attorney's argument.

During direct examination, the attorney will ask the witness a number of questions. The witnesses' answers to these questions will be used as evidence in the trial. However, witnesses who are brought to the stand are often subject to cross-examinations by the opposing counsels.

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