Anatomy of a Criminal Trial

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Direct Examination

In a criminal trial, the prosecution presents its evidence before the defense presents theirs. Prosecutors will call witnesses and ask them a series of questions, a process known as direct examination. The witness' testimony may elicit both direct and circumstantial evidence, speak to matters of fact or in some cases provide opinions. They may also be called to identify documents or other items introduced as evidence. (Photo: Getty Images)

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