Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
A witness whom you have called to testify on your behalf, and whom you may not cross-examine. If the witness testifies in a way that hurts your case, you can ask the judge to declare him or her a "hostile witness," which means that you can begin to cross-examine with leading questions.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:16 pm