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Eyewitness

An individual who was present during an event and is called by a party in a lawsuit to testify as to what he or she observed.

The state and Federal Rules of Evidence, which govern the admissibility of evidence in civil actions and criminal proceedings, impose requirements that must be met before the testimony of an eyewitness can be presented during trial. For example, an eyewitness must be competent (legally fit) and qualified to testify in court. A witness who was intoxicated or insane at the time the controverted event occurred will be prevented from testifying, regardless of whether he or she was the only eyewitness to the occurrence.

eyewitness

n. a person who has actually seen an event and can so testify in court.

eyewitness

noun arbiter, attestant, attester, compurgator, corroborator, giver of evidence, identifier, informant, informer, looker-on, observer, one who obtains evidence first hand, one who personally obberves an occurrence, one who testifies to what he has seen, onlooker, seer, spectator, spectator et testis, testifier, viewer, watcher
See also: bystander
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Under such circumstances the possibility exists that an eyewitness identifies the suspect even if he or she were completely innocent, simply because the fact that a person is wearing handcuffs strongly implies that this is the suspect.
First, expert testimony on the reliability of eyewitness identifications should be permitted.
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The Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases had submitted a report that includes three new standard criminal jury instructions, including Florida's first one about gauging the reliability of eyewitness identification.
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A classmate will record the changes each eyewitness thought they saw on the board.
LABORATORY research suggests eyewitness identifications are incorrect roughly one-third of the time.