Civil And Criminal Justice: What Are Witnesses?

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What is a Witness?
During a trial either civil or criminal, one of the most important aspects are the witnesses. A witness helps define and enlighten information about an incident or crime, which allows the lawyers and jury to understand everything about a case. Think of them like a translator in a foreign country. They help explain the aspects of a crime from new points of view.
Witnesses can be anyone that witnessed the crime to the actual victims of the crime itself. For example, if there was a murder, an eye-witness can explain what they saw, allowing for a better understanding of the crime and who committed it. If there had been no eye-witness, there is a possibility the criminal would go free.
Witnesses can be pulled from either the defense
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