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in law, material submitted to a judge or a judicial body to resolve disputed questions of fact. The rules discussed in this article were developed in England for use in jury trials.
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Witness

 

in law, a person summoned by a court or investigating authority to give testimony concerning circumstances that are known to the person and are important for resolving a criminal or civil case. In Soviet law, a witness may be any person, with certain exceptions, regardless of age or relationship—family or other—to persons involved in a case. The exceptions include defendants in criminal cases, representatives in civil cases, and people who for mental or physical reasons are unable to perceive the facts or give accurate testimony. The accused may not be questioned as a witness on the circumstances surrounding the act for which he or his accomplices are accused. A witness cannot be replaced and is not subject to challenge.

A witness must appear when summoned and must given complete and truthful testimony. Failure to appear without good reason can result in a fine or compulsory appearance. A witness is criminally responsible for giving deliberately false testimony, for refusing to answer, or for giving evasive answers. He has the right to give testimony in his native language, and at a pretrial investigation he may look over the report of his questioning and request corrections and supplements. A witness may also request an appeal of the actions of an investigator. A witness summoned to testify continues to receive his normal wages and is compensated for traveling expenses and lodging.

Witness

cranes of Ibycus
called on by the dying poet to bear witness, the birds lead to the murderers’ conviction. [Gk. Myth.: NCE, 1307]

witness

1. a person or thing giving or serving as evidence
2. a person who testifies, esp in a court of law, to events or facts within his own knowledge
3. a person who attests to the genuineness of a document, signature, etc., by adding his own signature
4. bear witness
a. to give written or oral testimony
b. to be evidence or proof of
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Although getting answers from hostile witnesses can be as frustrating as chasing snipe, the well-prepared and persistent lawyer/answer-hunter will not come up empty.
The classic advice regarding hostile witnesses such as these is to cut their answers short and make a formal objection to the judge.
A hostile witness is a witness brought by one side, either Prosecution or Defence, but who gives evidence that weakens or goes against the case of the side that asked him to give evidence.
See you in court,' the young Duterte said in reply to the senator's plan to call him as a hostile witness in the Senate's drug smuggling probe.
The prosecution requested the court to declare Mohammad Azam, father of the girl, as a hostile witness after he backtracked from his earlier statement recorded before the police under section 161 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
Responding, Jacobs said there are two ways of contradicting a hostile witness, by contradicting him with other evidence rather than with his previous statement or through a statement made at other times and that, it is not limited to statement made before or after his evidence in chief.
He disclosed his lawyers will ask the SET to subpoena former Comelec chairman Andres Bautista to appear as "hostile witness" to his election protest when the seven-man SET resumes hearing of his recount petition next week.
Earlier in the courtroom on Friday, Seaton, who had been declared a hostile witness the day before, finished her testimony.
During his four days on the stand, Kaelin provided inconsistent and often rambling accounts, prompting Prosecutor Marcia Clark to ask that the now 53-year-old be declared a hostile witness. ( ANI )
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But he pleaded guilty to manslaughter after his girlfriend, Jennifer McBride, was declared a hostile witness and was about to be cross-examined by the prosecution.
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