Definition of direct examination in English:

direct examination

noun

Law
  • The questioning of a witness by the party that has called that witness to give evidence, in order to support the case that is being made.

    Also called examination-in-chief
    Compare with cross-examine
    • ‘During her direct examination, she asked my father about his work as a teenager.’
    • ‘After the game-legged attorney performed her direct examination, Joshua made sure to help her back into her seat - out of good will, he said, but also to mitigate what he called ‘the crutches factor.’’
    • ‘You and the counsel who engages you must take the time, well in advance, to properly prepare both for your own direct examination and the anticipated cross-examination by opposing counsel.’
    • ‘Before Larry could begin his direct examination of Lucky, Judge Stone wanted to make sure our star witness knew that he didn't have to testify.’
    • ‘He was on the stand for about an hour today on direct examination from the prosecution here in Santa Barbara County.’