Meaning of “examination-in-chief” in the English Dictionary

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"examination-in-chief" in Business English

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examination-in-chiefnoun [ C or U ]

uk us 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” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)