Definition of character witness in English:

character witness


  • A person who attests to another's moral conduct and good reputation in a court of law.

    • ‘Even with a guilty plea the defendant was allowed to bring in character witnesses.’
    • ‘Among the errors it is claimed he made are that he failed to call character witnesses or expert witnesses.’
    • ‘Next up to the witness stand is a series of character witnesses who speak on behalf of Philip.’
    • ‘The defence produced only two character witnesses.’
    • ‘Throughout his trial, numerous scientists and religious leaders sent letters of support or acted as character witnesses.’
    • ‘He testified as a character witness at Thursday's sentencing hearing.’
    • ‘‘We felt it countered his three character witnesses because he said he was personally evasive in dealing with the police,’ Keys added.’
    • ‘And I for one will act as character witness at their defence trial on behalf of all decent caring people.’
    • ‘Judge Fraser heard several days of submissions in late June at a sentencing hearing where several character witnesses testified on behalf of the convicted policeman.’
    • ‘Evidence from three character witnesses had spoken in glowing terms about his total dedication to his work.’
    • ‘She added said: ‘The police were helpful but said the only way we could sort it out was with a character witness.’’
    • ‘I would serve as a character witness for him any day.’
    • ‘Later, at a hearing to determine whether Lewis should be released on bond, Woodson spoke as a character witness.’
    • ‘If they asked you to be a character witness, would you appear?’
    • ‘Through all the years we've known each either, I'd have been happy to act as a character witness for any of them.’
    • ‘With all the evidence against him and only a handful of character witnesses his lawyers say he has little chance of acquittal.’
    • ‘A string of character witnesses described him in court as a ‘gentleman’.’
    • ‘There was no shortage of character witnesses willing to attest to their integrity.’
    • ‘Alex also told me that I may be called as some form of character witness.’
    • ‘Sometimes they hear from character witnesses, like the defendant's schoolteachers, who will describe if he or she seemed immature or prone to taking risks.’
    supporter, character witness, backer, advocate
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