witness box

witness box
a box enclosure for a witness when testifying
Syn: ↑witness stand
Hypernyms: ↑box
Part Holonyms: ↑court, ↑courtroom

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witness box or (US) witness stand noun
The enclosure in which a witness stands when giving evidence in a court of law
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Main Entry:witness

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witness box UK US noun [countable] [singular witness box plural witness boxes] legal british
the place in a court of law where the witness stands or sits while answering questions
Thesaurus: parts of law courtsmeronym lawyers and people who work in law courtshyponym

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witness box,
a rectangular enclosure in a British court occupied by a witness while giving evidence.

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ˈwitness box [witness box witness boxes] (BrE) (NAmE ˈwitness stand) (also stand BrE, NAmE) noun
the place in court where people stand to give evidence
See also:stand  
Criminal justice
Breaking the law
break/violate/obey/uphold the law
be investigated/arrested/tried for a crime/a robbery/fraud
be arrested/ (especially NAmE) indicted/convicted on charges of rape/fraud/(especially US) felony charges
be arrested on suspicion of arson/robbery/shoplifting
be accused of/be charged with murder/(especially NAmE) homicide/four counts of fraud
face two charges of indecent assault
admit your guilt/liability/responsibility (for sth)
deny the allegations/claims/charges
confess to a crime
grant/be refused/be released on/skip/jump bail
The legal process
stand/await/bring sb to/come to/be on trial
take sb to/come to/settle sth out of court
face/avoid/escape prosecution
seek/retain/have the right to/be denied access to legal counsel
hold/conduct/attend/adjourn a hearing/trial
sit on/influence/persuade/convince the jury
sit/stand/appear/be put/place sb in the dock
plead guilty/not guilty to a crime
be called to/enter (BrE) the witness box
take/put sb on the stand/(NAmE) the witness stand
call/subpoena/question/cross-examine a witness
give/hear the evidence against/on behalf of sb
raise/withdraw/overrule an objection
reach a unanimous/majority verdict
return/deliver/record a verdict of not guilty/unlawful killing/accidental death
convict/acquit the defendant of the crime
secure a conviction/your acquittal
lodge/file an appeal
appeal (against)/challenge/uphold/overturn a conviction/verdict
Sentencing and punishment
pass sentence on sb
carry/face/serve a seven-year/life sentence
receive/be given the death penalty
be sentenced to ten years (in prison/jail)
carry/impose/pay a fine (of $3 000)/a penalty (of 14 years imprisonment)
be imprisoned/jailed for drug possession/fraud/murder
do/serve time/ten years
be sent to/put sb in/be released from jail/prison
be/put sb/spend X years on death row
be granted/be denied/break (your) parole
more collocations at ↑crime

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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