adverse witness

adverse witness
adverse witness see witness

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

adverse witness
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

adverse witness
   a witness in a trial who is found by the judge to be adverse to the position of the party whose attorney is questioning the witness, even though the attorney called the witness to testify on behalf of his/her client. When the attorney calling the witness finds that answers are contrary to the legal position of his/her client or the witness becomes openly antagonistic, the attorney may request the judge to declare the witness to be "adverse" or "hostile." If the judge declares the witness to be adverse (i.e. hostile) then the attorney may ask "leading" questions which suggest answers or are challenging to the testimony just as on cross examination of a witness who has testified for the opposition.
   See also: witness

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • hostile or adverse witness — A witness who manifests so much hostility or prejudice under examination in chief that the party who has called him, or his representative, is allowed to cross examine him, i.e., to treat him as though he had been called by the opposite party.… …   Black's law dictionary

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  • Adverse — or adverse interest, in law, is anything that functions contrary to a party s interest. This word should not be confused with .Adverse witness and partyAn adverse witness is a witness whose testimony benefits an opposing party. Opposing parties… …   Wikipedia

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