It is a process in which an opponent is putting questions to the other party or the other party's witness (es) in order to obtain responses which are favorable to his own side. The opponent may also want to put questions which would elicit answers that are contrary to whatever the other party has earlier said so as to portray the party being cross-examined as a liar who the court should not believe.


Cross-examination is a weapon used by lawyers to achieve favorable result for their clients in a court case. Cross-examiners usually frame their questions in a manner that answers would come in either “yes” or “no” fashion. A wise witness, on the other hand, will find a way of supplying additional information even when he has answered in a “yes” or “no” manner.
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