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hostile witness

A witness in a trial who testifies for the opposing party and is subject to cross-examination by the same party that called him or her as a direct witness due to antagonism demonstrated during direct examination. Witnesses called by the opposing party are presumed hostile. A witness can be declared hostile by a judge at the request of the examiner, when the witness' testimony is openly antagonistic or when clearly prejudiced to the opposing party.
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The classic advice regarding hostile witnesses such as these is to cut their answers short and make a formal objection to the judge.
The Joint Senate Commons Committee on Child Support and Access officially wrapped up its public hearings at the end of May, but wife abuse experts say they were treated as hostile witnesses by the father's rights' supporters who dominated the hearings.
Various psychological concepts are discussed to help the interviewer recognize and head off defense mechanisms used by uncooperative or hostile witnesses.
An element of the squad's success has been the consistent ability to identify, locate, and secure valuable testimony from previously unknown or hostile witnesses.
A source book should be developed on hostile witnesses as well.
Special emphasis is given to deposing hostile witnesses, something that LAPD detectives and officers face in the course of their investigations.
Sodhi says " Prosecution of hostile witnesses in cases like the Jessica Lall murder and Best Bakery case has sent shivers down the spine of witnesses in many cases involving high- profile accused and the result is for all to see.
Any reasonable person may ask: How can Celdran's alleged crime be notoriously offensive when three of the four hostile witnesses at first thought it was part of the ceremony?