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a person who is present and can testify that he or she has personally observed an event, such as the signing of a will or consent form.


A body sample (e.g., a spot of blood or strand of hair) that is believed by the practitioners of radionics to be able to transmit vibrational energies from its owner.


Choice in dying A person who is not a spouse or blood relative of a dying Pt; employees of health care facilities, who act in good faith, can act as witnesses with regard to end-of-life decisions Forensic medicine
1. A person who has seen an act.
2. A person qualified by education and/or experience to testify as to a thing. See Expert witness, Physician expert witness.


n one who has knowledge of an event; a person whose declaration under oath is received as evidence for any purpose.
witness, expert,
n a person whose education, training, and experience can provide the court with an assessment, opinion, or judgment within the area of his or her competence, which is not considered known or available to the general public.
witness, hostile,
n witness who manifests so much hostility or prejudice under examination (in chief or direct) that the party who has called the witness is allowed to cross-examine the witness (i.e., to treat him or her as though he or she had been called by the opposite party).
witness, lay,
n a witness who testifies only to firsthand knowledge of facts before judge and jury, different from an expert witness in that the witness is not allowed to testify to theories or hypothesize based on education or expertise.
witness marks,
n.pl the small hemispheric depressions that may be prepared in the bone surface in lieu of abutment grooves as a guide for seating the abutment posts of the implant.

Patient discussion about witness


A. How old are you now?
What are your interests?
Are you sure the problem getting a job is your speech and not the way to dress or present yourself?
What other jobs have you held in the past and what happened to them?
I can think of a few places I have run into people with speech problems, such as the cable man or a waitress at a local restaurant. Consider asking a speech therapist what kinds of jobs other people with your particular problem hold.

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11) On the requirement that a lay witness have personal knowledge of the facts about which she is testifying, see FED.
20) Thus, Rules 701 and 403 vest trial courts with broad discretion to determine whether evidence offered by a lay witness is inadmissible on the grounds that it presents a high risk of unreliability that may lead to an inaccurate verdict.
203) In other words, a lay witness may prove character by opinion, but that does not prohibit an expert from proving character through expert testimony under Rules 702-703.
The most instructive example involves the testimony of the lay witness whose memory has been hypnotically refreshed.
The decision to use an FDE often turns on the strength of the lay witness testimony to the will's execution.
In the January 1971 American Ecclesiastical Review, I offered an opinion on this issue, which I reinforced in Lay Witness (March 2001).
For example, the court should permit a lay witness to estimate the speed of a vehicle that he or she observed immediately before a collision but not to guess the speed of a vehicle that he or she did not observe.
George Sim Johnston, Lay Witness, published for Catholics United for the Faith.
In an article in The Lay Witness last Fall (Sep/Oct, 1995), Father Juvenal Merriell of the Toronto Oratory is quoted as saying that the centre of Newman's thought "is that Christianity is a religion with content.
A few jurisdictions have carved out an exception to the immunity rule in these cases, reasoning that professional witnesses who are paid to appear presumably are less susceptible to intimidation and the reluctance a lay witness might feel when faced with potential exposure to damages.
In differentiating between an expert and a lay witness, Treece wrote, "doctors bring extraordinary insight into facts which can only be gleaned through their scientific or specialized knowledge.