Redirect Examination

Definition - What does Redirect Examination mean?

A redirect examination is when a witness who is testifying during a trial is examined again, after a cross-examination has taken place. This typically occurs when a new issue has come up during the cross-examination.

Redirect examinations are limited to cover only the new issues brought up during the cross-examination.

Justipedia explains Redirect Examination

Redirect examinations are the third examination that can take place when a witness is called to testify. The order goes: direct examination, cross examination and then redirect examination.

In some situations, a recross-examination may be requested by an attorney. Whether or not it is granted is up to the judge.

Redirect examinations are often necessary because a lot of new information may come up during the cross-examination, and this information may need to be addressed by the opposing counsel.

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