adverse witness

Definition of "adverse witness"
  1. A witness called to testify in a court case by one party, but due to their responses, they appear to be unfavorable or hostile to that party's position. Following an attorney's request and a judge's agreement, this witness is declared as 'adverse' or 'hostile', allowing the attorney to probe or challenge their testimony similar to how they would in a cross-examination
How to use "adverse witness" in a sentence
  1. During the trial, it became clear that their key witness was an adverse witness as he started supporting the defendant's narrative.
  2. The attorney had to change strategies when the judge declared his star witness to be an adverse witness.
  3. The opposing counsel was surprised when the plaintiff's own witness turned out to be an adverse witness, benefiting the defense.

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