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This legal glossary is a basic guide to common legal terms. A lawyer is in the best position to advise you about your legal rights and responsibilities.

Different terms may have different meanings based on the specific area of law or the context in which they are being used. For legal terms not referred to in this glossary, or for more comprehensive definitions, you may wish to refer to a legal dictionary or to an internet resource.

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Examination
The questioning of a witness under oath or affirmation.
Direct Examination
The questioning of a witness in a trial or other proceeding, conducted by the party who called the witness to testify.
Cross Examination
The examination of a witness by an opposing party to develop or test the truth of evidence given by the witness during direct examination.