material witness

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Noun1.material witness - a witness whose testimony is both relevant to the matter at issue and required in order to resolve the mattermaterial witness - a witness whose testimony is both relevant to the matter at issue and required in order to resolve the matter
witness - (law) a person who testifies under oath in a court of law
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The refusal can also be part of the factual basis for obtaining a Material Witness Order or seeking to admit the prior statements of a witness.
** Material Witness Order: If a prosecutor has exhausted all means of securing a witness's attendance, including issuing subpoenas without success, a material witness order can be used to compel a witness's testimony.
--Alternatives to the Issuance of a Material Witness Order: Obtaining a material witness order should be a last resort.