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Witness, individual who testifies under oath in a legal proceeding or acts as a signer of a legal document. In giving testimony, a witness provides a court of law with information about persons or events relating to a particular case. A witness is criminally liable if he or she fails to appear in court or lies under oath. Certain individuals, such as children, are exempted from giving testimony.

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