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n. The act of examining, or state of being examined; a careful search, investigation, or inquiry; scrutiny by study or experiment. The questioning of a witness under oath. A process prescribed or assigned for testing qualification; as, the examination of a student, or of a candidate for admission to the bar or the ministry.


 - Examination in chief, or Direct examination (Law), that examination which is made of a witness by a party calling him.


 - Cross- examination, that made by the opposite party.


 - Reexamination, or Re-direct examination, that made by a party calling a witness, after, and upon matters arising out of, the cross- examination.


Syn. - Search; inquiry; investigation; research; scrutiny; inquisition; inspection; exploration.


There is both direct examination and cross-examination. The trial judge is empowered to regulate the interrogation process in whatever manner is necessary to expedite the trial, to protect witnesses from harassment, and to heighten the effectiveness of the examination. The trial judge has the discretion to exclude witnesses, but he may not exclude witnesses who are parties to the action. The interrogation of a witness, in order to ascertain his knowledge ...

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