Witness Statement Given in Court

Witness statement given in court. Today crossword puzzle question, 9 letters

The answer: TESTIMONY

Witness statement given in court

It needs no psychologist to show that, although instances occur of delayed reproduction, memory generally fades with the passage of time, and that, when a witness is required more than once to recall an event, his act of recalling on a subsequent occasion may be merely an imperfect memory of what he said on an earlier.

If this is true, it is an interesting commentary on the legal rule whereby the witness statement given in court perhaps months after the event, is the real evidence while, his original proof of evidence, given perhaps within hours of the event, and his deposition at the preliminary hearing, given a few days or weeks after the event, are referred to only for the purpose of contradicting him and not as independent evidence.

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