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English definition of “examination-in-chief”

examination-in-chief

noun [C or U]     UK (US also direct examination) LAW
a court process in which a lawyer asks their first questions to their own witness , in order to begin proving their legal argument : During examination-in-chief the solicitor advocate is forbidden from asking their witnesses leading questions .
(Definition of examination-in-chief noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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