material witness
material witness see witness

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

material witness
n.
A witness who is the only person, or one of very few people, who can testify about a particular fact.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


material witness
A witness who has significant information about the subject matter of a lawsuit or criminal prosecution, particularly when few, if any other witnesses have the same knowledge. Judges usually make every reasonable effort to allow such a witness to testify, including granting a continuance (delaying a trial) to accommodate the witness.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

material witness
n.
   a person who apparently has information about the subject matter of a lawsuit or criminal prosecution which is significant enough to affect the outcome of the case or trial. Thus, the court must make every reasonable effort to allow such a witness to testify, including a continuance (delay in a trial) to accommodate him/her if late or temporarily unavailable.
   See also: material, trial, witness

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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