Definition - What does Testimony mean?

Testimony refers to a type of evidence that is given, typically in a court setting, involving a lawsuit. Testimony is typically given orally. A person must be competent in order to give testimony. Testimony is used for the purpose of establishing certain facts about the case at hand.

Justipedia explains Testimony

When a layperson gives testimony in court (as opposed to a person who is able to give expert testimony), his or her testimony is limited to the rationally based perceptions of the situation or circumstance in question. That person's testimony is limited to opinions and/or inferences that would be helpful to a clear understanding of the witness's full testimony. This type of in-court testimony is vitally important to the outcome of a civil or criminal case.

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