Glossary of Legal Terms
Lawyers who act for the federal, provincial and territorial governments and prosecute people accused of crimes on behalf of the Crown.
Someone with special knowledge about an element of the crime who can assist the court through the provision of an independent and unbiased opinion.
Canadian citizens over the age of 18 called to hear evidence and render a verdict or recommendation in a coroner’s inquest or a civil or criminal trial.
A question that prompts or encourages the desired answer. They are allowed in cross-examination but not in examination-in-chief.
Someone who gives evidence in a court proceeding. Witnesses usually possess knowledge or proof that is relevant to the facts of a case and they convey their relevant knowledge under oath.