dedimus potestatum

Definition of "dedimus potestatum"
  1. An old legal method enabling a party to record a witness's testimony before trial if it might be unavailable during trial
How to use "dedimus potestatum" in a sentence
  1. The lawyer had to use dedimus potestatum to capture the testimony of an ailing witness.
  2. As the witness was set to leave the country permanently, the court accepted the use of dedimus potestatum to preserve her testimony.
  3. The defense was forced into dedimus potestatum, as their main witness was of extreme age and frailty.

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