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What are leading questions in examination-in-chief?

What are leading questions in examination-in-chief?

During examination-in-chief, evidence must be elicited without any leading questions. Leading questions are questions that suggest an answer, for example ‘Was the man tall? ‘ or ‘Was he wearing a black jumper? ‘ Instead, ask open questions that do not ‘put words in the witness’s mouth’.

Are you allowed to ask leading questions in an examination-in-chief?

A leading question is a question that suggests the desired answer. In general, counsel cannot ask leading questions on of the witness that they call.

Can a judge ask leading questions?

Judges do have the discretion to allow leading questions during the direct examination of a witness in matters that: Will help to elicit the testimony of a witness who, due to age, incapacity, or limited intelligence, is having difficulty communicating her evidence; or.

Are leading questions allowed?

A type of questioning in that the form of the question suggests the answer. In general, leading questions are not allowed during the direct examination of a witness, however, they are allowed on the cross-examination of a witness.

Can you ask yes or no questions in court?

Short answer: If you ask the question carefully, you can absolutely compel a witness to give a yes or no answer, although usually only on cross-examination.

Who can put leading questions?

Section 142 allows leading question to be put in the examination in chief, even if, objected too with the permission of the court.

What’s the proper way to do an examination in chief?

The art of proper examination-in-chief, in my view, involves a W5 approach. In other words — who, what, when, where, why (and the occasional how). Your questions should be short and concise so when the judge hears the question and hears an equally short and concise answer, his or her next thought is one of the “W’s.”

Why are leading questions not allowed in examination in chief?

By suggesting the answer to the witness you reduce the witness’ impact. Leading questions are forbidden in examination-in-chief because the solicitor is not allowed to lead their witness and in effect put words into their mouth.

Can a advocate conduct an examination in chief?

The advocate conducting the examination-in-chief cannot lead a witness (i.e. feed them the answers – see more below) but can help them along and elicit more detail with such questions as, “What happened next?”, “What could you see at this stage?”, “How close was he to you?”, “How did that make you feel?”, “How, if at all, did you respond?”

What happens after the plaintiff’s examination in chief?

First thing is done by the plaintiff’s examination in which he is asked as to the facts of the dispute. After that defendant ask cross-questions which were asked by the plaintiff in the examination in chief. And after the cross-examination is over at this stage the court will fix a date for final hearing.

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