A witness can be called to give evidence relating to the offence by either side (the DPP or the defence). They will first be questioned by the side who called them (examination in chief). The other side will then have an opportunity to question them again (cross-examination). Witnesses cannot give their opinions, only evidence on facts within their knowledge.

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