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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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Witness
One who, in the course of judicial processes, provides evidence to assist a party or the court in a trial.
Compellable Witness
A witness who may be required by law to give evidence.
Expert Witness
A person who, through education or experience, has developed skill or knowledge on a particular subject, so that he or she may form an opinion that will assist the trier of fact.
Material Witness
A person who has significant information to affect the outcome of a case.