leading question


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

leading question
n.
A question in which the questioner hints or suggests to the witness the answer he or she would like to receive; not allowed during direct examination.

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


leading question
a questions that either suggests the answer expected or that assumes the existence of disputed facts to which the witness is to testify. Leading questions are not allowed except as to formal matters that are not disputed (e.g. witness's name, address, etc) and in cross-examination. Even where allowed there is always the danger that the answer, thus obtained, is given less weight by the judge.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


leading question
A question asked of a witness who is under oath, which suggests the answer. An improper leading question would be "Didn't the defendant appear to you to be going too fast in the limited visibility?" The proper question would be: "How fast do you estimate the defendant was going?" followed by "What was the visibility?" and "How far could you see?" Leading questions are not allowed on direct examination (questioning by the side that called the witness), but are allowed on cross-examination (questioning by adverse parties) or when a party's own witness has been declared a "hostile witness" by the judge. (See: hostile witness)
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


leading question
n. A question posed to a witness that is phrased so as to suggest or elicit a particular answer desired by the attorney conducting the examination.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


leading question
A query that suggests to the witness how it is to be answered or puts words into the mouth of the witness to be merely repeated in his or her response.

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


leading question
I
A query that suggests to the witness how it is to be answered or puts words into the mouth of the witness to be merely repeated in his or her response.
II A question that suggests the answer desired of the witness. A party generally may not ask one's own witness leading questions. Leading questions may be asked only of hostile witnesses and on cross-examination.

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

leading question
n.
   a question asked of a witness by an attorney during a trial or a deposition (questioning under oath outside of court), suggesting an answer or putting words in the mouth of the witness. Such a question is often objected to, usually with the simple objection: "leading." A leading question is allowable only when directed to the opposing party to the lawsuit or to an "adverse witness" during cross-examination (the chance to question after direct testimony) on the basis that such a witness can readily deny the proposed wording. Typical improper leading question: "Didn't the defendant appear to you to be going too fast in the limited visibility?" The proper question would be: "How fast do you estimate the defendant was going?" followed by "What was the visibility?" and "How far could you see?"
   See also: cross-examination, objection

Law dictionary. . 2013.