confrontation clause

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Confrontation Clause refers to the provision in the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that "in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the be confronted with the witnesses against him.”

Confrontation means that in a criminal proceeding the defendant has the opportunity to face the witness and cross-examines them, to object to the testimony. Under the Fourteenth Amendment, the right to confrontation applies not only to the federal government but also to the states. It is designed to prevent a defendant from being convicted based on written evidence without having the opportunity to face their accuser and test their honesty and truthfulness before a jury. See also: Right to confront witness

[Last updated in July of 2022 by the Wex Definitions Team]