Initialia testimonii

INITIALIA TESTIMONII, Scotch law. Before a witness can be examined in chief, he may be examined with regard to his disposition, whether he bear good or ill will towards either of the parties whether he has been prompted what to say whether he has received a bribe, and the like. This previous examination, which somewhat resembles our voir dire, is called initialia testimonii.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.