material witness

Definition of "material witness"
  1. A person with important knowledge regarding a legal case that few others possess, whose testimony judges generally try to secure even if it requires rescheduling the trial
How to use "material witness" in a sentence
  1. When the only eye-witness to the crime agreed to testify, she became a material witness.
  2. The detective's crucial findings made him a material witness in the court proceedings.
  3. Due to his unique knowledge about the case, the expert was classified as a material witness.

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