n South African Journal of Criminal Justice - Law of evidence : recent cases
|Article Title||Law of evidence : recent cases|
|© Publisher:||Juta Law Publishing|
|Journal||South African Journal of Criminal Justice|
|Affiliations||1 University of Fort Hare|
|Publication Date||Jan 2012|
|Pages||421 - 433|
In general a party who calls a witness does so in the belief that the witness will provide the court with evidence similar to the account provided earlier in a pre-trial statement. Normally, when counsel calls a witness on direct examination, the party calling the witness is not to attack the credibility of or cross-examine the witness called. Such a party cannot ask questions about or introduce evidence of a prior inconsistent statement, bias or bad character. Also, the calling party cannot ask leading questions to the witness in order to get the witness to say what is desired.
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