direct examination
direct examination n: the first examination of a witness by the party calling the witness compare cross-examination, redirect examination
◇ Leading questions are not allowed on direct examination unless the witness is shown to be hostile.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

direct examination
At trial, the initial questioning of a party or witness by the side that called him or her to testify. The major purpose of direct examination is to explain your version of events to the judge or jury and to undercut your opponant's version. Good direct examination seeks to prove all facts necessary to satisfy the plaintiff's legal claims or causes of action — for example, that the defendant breached a valid contract and, as a result, the plaintiff suffered a loss.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


direct examination
The primary questioning of a witness during a trial that is conducted by the side for which that person is acting as a witness.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


direct examination
I
The primary questioning of a witness during a trial that is conducted by the side for which that person is acting as a witness.
II The first questioning of witnesses by the party on whose behalf they are called.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

direct examination
n.
   the first questioning of a witness during a trial or deposition (testimony out of court), as distinguished from cross-examination by opposing attorneys and redirect examination when the witness is again questioned by the original attorney.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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