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Cross examination

Posted by DavidFG on February 12, 2008 at 19:31:

In Reply to: Cross examination posted by ESC on February 11, 2008 at 11:02:

: : Where did the term "cross examination" come from?

: Direct examination/cross examination (
: ) are legal terms. I am guessing that it relates to the attorneys' footpaths crossing as they go up to the witness stand and back.

I rather doubt it. I strongly suspect it has a British origin, and British lawyers don't wander back and forth in court.