Definition - Noun
: the examination of a witness who has already testified in order to check or discredit the witness's testimony, knowledge, or credibility
see also confrontation clause
compare direct examination RECROSS-examination redirect examination
In accordance with Rule 611 of the Federal Rules of Evidence, cross-examination should only refer to matters that were covered during direct examination or that are relevant to the witness's credibility. Anything exceeding these limits is permissible at the court's discretion. Rule 611 also states that «ordinarily leading questions should be permitted on cross-examination."

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