adverse witness


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Noun1.adverse witness - a witness whose relationship to the opposing party is such that his or her testimony may be prejudiced against the opposing partyadverse witness - a witness whose relationship to the opposing party is such that his or her testimony may be prejudiced against the opposing party; "a hostile witness can be asked leading questions and cross-examined"
witness - (law) a person who testifies under oath in a court of law
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It details common strategies for the deposition of an adverse witness, for obtaining complete information; encouraging deponents to provide the desired answer; responding to incomplete, evasive, or non-responsive answers; undermining harmful testimony; and responding to inconsistent or implausible statements; as well as how to respond to objections, instructions not to answer, and obstructionist behavior of opposing counsel.
or adverse witness, and no opportunity whatsoever to obtain the sworn
Meandering through topics with an adverse witness is unlikely to produce helpful answers.