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Crim L. R. 2011 4 280-295

Criminal Law Review article by Adrian Keane and Rudi Forston examines the rules on the use of leading questions when examining witnesses.

The article provides a working definition of the rules and also explains the rules against leading one's own witness including the following:

(1) the rationale behind the rule, drawing a distinction between questions relating to the witness's police statement and those based on information provided by another;

(2) its scope;

(3) the exceptions to the rule

The artilce concludes by considering the scope of the rule permitting leading questions in cross-examination.