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Familiarize yourself with the nuances of witness examination, including the timeline and scope of examination, the use of leading questions, the use of writings to refresh a witness's recollection, and judicial control over the examination of witnesses.


As you learned in the prior clip, witnesses who are competent may testify in court. However, witnesses do not have free rein to talk about anything they desire. A witness’s testimony must be elicited through careful questioning, known as witness examination. Generally, witness examination is limited by rules and guidelines that narrow the scope of questioning and give the judge control over such questioning. Today, you’ll be learning about witness examination and how it may be used to elicit...