examination in chief
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examination in chief in court practice, the part of the case, whether civil or criminal, in which a party elicits from a witness his own case. Thus, the prosecution may examine the investigating police officers in chief to attempt to prove the case against the accused. Leading questions (those that suggest their own answer) should be avoided in examination in chief In England, the court may allow leading questions if the court permits the witness to be treated as hostile. See CROSS-EXAMINATION.