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Oral evidence offered by a competent witness under oath, which is used to establish some fact or set of facts.

Testimony is distinguishable from evidence that is acquired through the use of written sources, such as documents.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


n. oral evidence given under oath by a witness in answer to questions posed by attorneys at trial or at a deposition (questioning under oath outside of court). (See: testify, trial, deposition, evidence, witness)

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a statement of a witness in court, usually on oath, offered as evidence of the truth of what is alleged.
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TESTIMONY, evidence. The statement made by a witness under oath or affirmation. Vide Bill to perpetuate testimony.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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In the last trial session, Al-Bashir told judges he had received millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia, and repeated previous testimonies.
Complementing the book's rigorous history of each archive's development and its institutional preferences are analyses of individual testimonies. These vary in persuasiveness but effectively demonstrate both the instrumentalizing tendencies of archival mandates and the ways that individual testimonies "challenge the imposition of closure and redemption" or "exceed the intentions or methodologies of archives" (150-151).
Giving some examples of the similarities in the 12 testimonies, Duran said all of these testimonies end with the sentence: "As part of this investigation, I am filing charges against Fethullah GE-len and all media members, police officers and civilians who act under the orders of this complainant." In this sentence, although GE-len is a suspect in this investigation, he is referred to as a "complainant" apparently by mistake and he is referred to as such in 12 of the testimonies which are supposed to have been given by different people on different dates.
For example a keyword search of 'holocaust' returned over 7,000 clips from over 1,000 testimonies. From the results page it is then possible to browse all results or to narrow the search.
Written Christian testimonies exploded in popularity as websites dedicated to posting such stories increased in number over the past ten years.
Law enforcement officers play a vital role in the courtroom--that juridical theater where judges and juries make life-altering decisions based, for the most part, on the performance of witnesses and the weight of their testimonies. Jurors expect witnesses to be open and genuine, not clever or tricky.
Testimonies are personal, unscripted narratives of faith.
Now, not only is she publishing other authors, she is offering a book that will support the children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic in southern Africa, How We Got Over: Testimonies of Faith, Hope, and Courage an inspirational anthology.
More recent testimonies suggest that Russian soldiers in Chechnya are also raping women and girls.
During the participants' testimonies at the start of the workshop Lustberg posed questions and interacted with each individual's testimony as a legislator would, thereby giving the municipal officials the opportunity to hone their presentation skills.
Schmalansee also dismisses testimony from fellow economists that have pres ented their testimonies in favor of the government's case.
The testimonies of witnesses in domestic disputes are rich in details about living arrangements, the life of neighborhoods, street life, sexual activities, arguments, and insults.