Evidence: Testimonial Evidence: Witnesses: Form of Witness Examination: Leading Questions

  • Form of Witness Examination: Leading Questions: A question is leading when the form of the question suggests the answer. Leading questions are generally not allowed on direct examination, but are allowed on cross examination.
    • Leading questions are permitted on direct examination in 4 situations:
      • Preliminary introductory matters
      • Youthful or forgetful witness
      • Hostile witness
      • Adverse party – or someone under control of adverse party