witness for

witness for (someone or something)

1. To present oneself in a court of law to testify or give evidence on behalf of someone or some group. They want me to testify for the defense, but I'm terrified of going up in front of a judge and jury. The man who is witnessing for the plaintiff had his credibility seriously undermined during the cross-examination.
2. To evangelize or proselytize on behalf of a deity or religion. I firmly believe it is my calling in life to witness for our lord and savior, Jesus Christ. Many in the region have been persecuted for witnessing for their faith.
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witness for someone or something

to serve as a witness for some person or some deed. They could find no one to witness to something witness for the accused person. The police found someone to witness for the hour of the crime.
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That, the lofty example of this immaculate and unimpeachable witness for the Crown, to refer to whom however unworthily was an honour, had communicated itself to the prisoner's servant, and had engendered in him a holy determination to examine his master's table-drawers and pockets, and secrete his papers.
She pointed out that Section 10 of Republic Act 6981 or the Witness Protection Security and Benefit Act also provides that: "Any person who has participated in the commission of a crime and desires to be a witness for the State, can apply and if qualified..
Don't just go over the expected testimony; prepare the witness for the likelihood that the witness will forget something or get it wrong, and when that happens how you are going to try to handle it.<br />We all forget things every day.
In some instances an order to produce the witness for an unrelated matter can be used, though steps must be taken to separate the witness from the defendant.
The EFCC Prosecutor, Mr Nnaemeka Omenwa, on Wednesday resumed examination-in-chief of the second witness for the prosecution, Mr Teslim Ajuwon.
Note, however, that while this kind of immunity is much broader than the use or derivative use immunity, it does not prevent the prosecution of the witness for criminal activities that are unrelated to the subject matter of his testimony.
Putting any witness for the company on the stand involves rigorous and extensive preparation.
While it is impossible to address all of these with a witness, and it may be advisable not to educate the witness as to topics about which he has no knowledge, it is important to prepare the witness for these questions coming from outside the immediate facts of the case and discuss how to handle the questions.
There are two objectives to keep in mind: the first is preparing you to do the direct examination and providing you with a tool to assist during the actual questioning at trial; the second is preparing the witness for the direct examination.
This personal touch might be one of the most important things you can do to prepare your witness for trial.
"(2) Evidence of a truthful character is admissible only after the character of the witness for truthfulness has been attacked by reputation evidence."
We North American Lutherans need to become acquainted with Palestinian Lutherans in the Holy Land and determine how we can support them in their witness for peace in that volatile situation.
"In federal courts, CPAs have to provide a list of cases for which they have served as an expert witness for the past four years, pursuant to Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, so opposing attorneys can always pull prior testimony from those cases," says Ann Wilson, CPA, former chair of the CalCPA Litigation Sections.
The first step that an investigative agency must undertake to request a witness for the Program is to work with the prosecuting U.S.
(1999), the court held that a client could sue his expert witness for negligence if the expert fails to exercise the care and skill common to his profession in forming his opinions on the client's case.