LEADING QUESTION: CAN I VALIDLY RAISE AN OBJECTION TO A LEADING QUESTION DURING CROSS EXAMINATION?

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LEADING QUESTION: CAN I VALIDLY RAISE AN OBJECTION TO A LEADING QUESTION DURING CROSS EXAMINATION?

Leading question is a question that prompts or suggests the answer wanted. It is also

Trial  also the  formal examination of evidence by a judge, typically before a jury, in order to decide guilt in a case of criminal or civil proceedings.

Cross examination is the questioning of a witness by a party other than the party that called him. It is aimed at clarifying points raised during examination in chief, discrediting the witness and rendering his or her testimonies unreliable.

Cross examination is a very crucial part of the trial process. If well conducted, it goes a long way to making a party’s case but if poorly conducted, it destroys a party’s matter. Therefore , cross examination must be carefully and tactically conducted.

The question has always been whether an objection can validly be raised against leading question.

In answering this question, it is germaine to point out that the rules of evidence permits leading question during cross examination. In fact, leading question is seen as the weapon used in controlling cross examination. permit me at this juncture to state categorically that with leading question, a lawyer is stylishly testifying rather than the witness.

An experienced lawyer asks only leading question during cross examination. with leading question, the witness is pinned down to a particular way to answer and not given the the opportunity to tell his or her question. Open ended question is detrimental to the success of cross examination.

Invariably, any objection raised as to leading question during cross examination is bound to fail, since it is permitted by rules of evidence in trial process. Thus , the answer to the question as to whether objection can validly be raised against leading question in cross examination is NO.

 

Onuorah Chibuzor Michael by name, born 11th September,1990, From Anambra state, Nigeria

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