ques·tion n
1: a particular query directed to a witness compare interrogatory
hy·po·thet·i·cal question /ˌhī-pə-'the-ti-kəl/: a question directed to an expert witness (as a physician) that is based on the existence of facts offered in evidence and the answer to which is an opinion to be considered in light of the evidence
◇ Modern rules of evidence have lessened the need for a hypothetical question setting forth all of the facts to be assumed in answering the question. An expert witness may state an opinion based on data or facts considered reliable in his or her field even if not already disclosed or not admissible as evidence.
leading question: a question so framed or presented as to suggest a particular answer
leading questions should not be used on the direct examination of a witness except as may be necessary to develop his testimonyFederal Rules of Evidence Rule 611(c)
◇ Leading questions are permitted in direct examination of an adverse witness or one who is a child or has a communication disorder. They are ordinarily permitted in cross-examination.
2: a particular matter or issue that is in dispute, uncertain, or to be inquired into
certified question
1: a question of state law that may determine the outcome of a case pending in a federal court and that is submitted by the federal court to the state's highest court when there is no controlling state precedent
2: a question of law submitted to a federal or state court by a lower court or tribunal
appealed the decision on the certified question
federal question: a question that falls under the jurisdiction of a federal court because it requires a resolution of the construction or application of federal law see also federal question jurisdiction at jurisdiction
po·lit·i·cal question: a question that the court declines to consider because it involves a political matter that is not justiciable without infringing on the powers of the executive or legislative branch or is not accompanied by guiding policy or discoverable and manageable standards for resolving it see also political question doctrine
question of fact: a question that depends on an examination of factual matters, is usu. decided by a jury, and is usu. not considered on appeal
question of law: a question that depends on an examination of law rather than fact, is decided by a judge rather than by a jury, and may be examined on appeal
3: a proposition submitted to a vote (as in a referendum)

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

I (inquiry) noun asking, essay, examination, exploration, inquisition, interpellation, interrogation, interrogatory, investigation, probe, quaestio, query, rogatio, scrutiny, search, subject of inquiry, survey, test, theme of inquiry associated concepts: leading question foreign phrases:
- Rogationes, quaestiones, et posltiones debent esse simplices. — Demands, questions, and claims ought to be simple
- Multiplex et indlstinctum parlt confuslonem; et quaestiones quo slmpliciores, eo lucidlores. — Multiplicity and indistinctness produce confusion, and the more simple the questions, the more lucid they are.
II (issue) noun bone of contention, case, enigma, mystery, point in dispute, problem, proposition, puzzle, subject, theme, topic associated concepts: mixed question of law and fact, political questior question of fact, question of law III index analyze, canvass, challenge, check (inspect), consult (ask advice of), contest, cross-examine, disbelieve, discount (disbelieve), doubt (indecision), doubt (distrust), enigma, examine (interrogate), hesitate, impugn, incertitude, incredulity, inquire, inquiry (request for information), inquiry (systematic investigation), investigate, issue (matter in dispute), matter (subject), misdoubt, mistrust, pose (propound), probe, problem, qualm, scruple, scrutinize, suspect (distrust), suspicion (uncertainty), thesis

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) A sentence worded in such a way as to search for and discover information; an interrogatory statement to a witness asking him or her for information.
(2) A point that is not settled and is open to debate; a doubt about some matter.
To ask someone for information; to interrogate. See also hypothetical; matter of fact, matter of law

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


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