§ 491.010 Witness’s interest does not disqualify — exception — statements of deceased ..
§ 491.015 Victim or witness in certain cases not to be interrogated as to prior ..
§ 491.016 Otherwise inadmissible witness statement admissible in criminal proceeding, ..
§ 491.030 Adverse party may be compelled to testify in civil cases
§ 491.040 Sections 491.010 and 491.030 construed
§ 491.050 Convicts competent witnesses — convictions and certain pleas may be proved ..
§ 491.060 Persons incompetent to testify — exceptions, children in certain cases
§ 491.070 Cross-examination of witnesses — scope
§ 491.074 Prior inconsistent statement may be admissible in criminal cases as ..
§ 491.075 Statement of child under fourteen or vulnerable person admissible, when
§ 491.078 Juvenile court adjudication, use to affect credibility — sexual offense ..
§ 491.080 Testimony of witness not to be used to convict him of fraud
§ 491.090 Summons of witnesses — procedure — consequences of failure to appear
§ 491.100 Summons, form — how issued — subpoena for property, court’s authority to ..
§ 491.110 Subpoenas, by whom served
§ 491.120 Subpoenas, how served and returned
§ 491.130 Fees to be tendered, when
§ 491.140 Witness liable to action, when
§ 491.150 Attendance, how enforced
§ 491.160 Attachment may issue, when
§ 491.170 Witness attached, may be discharged on bail
§ 491.180 Penalty where party refuses to attend and testify
§ 491.190 Fine for nonattendance
§ 491.200 Penalty for refusing to testify
§ 491.205 Court may compel testimony, witness immunity, exception, when, penalty
§ 491.210 Witness not excused from testifying, when
§ 491.220 Witness, when free from arrest
§ 491.230 Power to issue writ of habeas corpus — persons detained in correctional ..
§ 491.240 Writ to obtain witness from county jail
§ 491.250 Application for writ
§ 491.260 Application of prosecuting officers
§ 491.270 Prisoner to be remanded after testifying
§ 491.280 Fees of witnesses
§ 491.290 Fees, how paid
§ 491.310 Associate circuit judge to issue subpoenas
§ 491.320 Validity of subpoena
§ 491.330 Associate circuit judge may order witness attached, when
§ 491.340 Attachment to be executed as in criminal cases — cost
§ 491.350 Penalty for failure to obey subpoena without excuse
§ 491.360 Continuance of case — associate circuit judge to notify witnesses
§ 491.370 Cost of surplus witnesses paid by whom
§ 491.380 Competency of witnesses, how determined — oath of witnesses
§ 491.400 Definitions
§ 491.410 Summoning witness in this state to testify in another state
§ 491.420 Witness from another state summoned to testify in this state
§ 491.430 Exemption from arrest and service of process
§ 491.440 Uniformity of interpretation
§ 491.450 Short title
§ 491.600 Courts with criminal jurisdiction may issue orders to protect witness or ..
§ 491.610 Violation of protective orders, penalties
§ 491.620 Pretrial releases of defendant conditional — notice of prohibited witness ..
§ 491.640 Prosecutors coordinators training council may provide for security of ..
§ 491.641 Pretrial witness protection services fund created — use of moneys — ..
§ 491.675 Citation of sections 491.675 to 491.705
§ 491.678 Child defined
§ 491.680 Court may order video recording of alleged child victim, when — procedure — ..
§ 491.685 Defendant may be excluded from child victim deposition proceedings, when
§ 491.687 Court may order videotaped reexamination, when
§ 491.690 Provisions of sections 491.675 to 491.693 not to apply where defendant has ..
§ 491.693 Testimony to be under oath
§ 491.696 Child defined — videotaped testimony for juvenile court hearings
§ 491.699 Juvenile court hearings — court may order video recording of alleged child ..
§ 491.702 Perpetrator may be excluded from child victim deposition proceeding, when — ..
§ 491.705 Court may order videotaped reexamination, when — testimony to be under oath
§ 491.710 Hearings involving child witnesses given docket priority — delays or ..
§ 491.725 Citation of law — definitions — applicability

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Terms Used In Missouri Laws > Chapter 491 - Witnesses

  • Acquittal:
    1. Judgement that a criminal defendant has not been proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
    2. A verdict of "not guilty."
  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Affirmed: In the practice of the appellate courts, the decree or order is declared valid and will stand as rendered in the lower court.
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Attachment: A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
  • Bail: Security given for the release of a criminal defendant or witness from legal custody (usually in the form of money) to secure his/her appearance on the day and time appointed.
  • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Counterclaim: A claim that a defendant makes against a plaintiff.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Deposition: An oral statement made before an officer authorized by law to administer oaths. Such statements are often taken to examine potential witnesses, to obtain discovery, or to be used later in trial.
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • Docket: A log containing brief entries of court proceedings.
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • following: when used by way of reference to any section of the statutes, mean the section next preceding or next following that in which the reference is made, unless some other section is expressly designated in the reference. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Grand jury: agreement providing that a lender will delay exercising its rights (in the case of a mortgage,
  • Habeas corpus: A writ that is usually used to bring a prisoner before the court to determine the legality of his imprisonment. It may also be used to bring a person in custody before the court to give testimony, or to be prosecuted.
  • Hearsay: Statements by a witness who did not see or hear the incident in question but heard about it from someone else. Hearsay is usually not admissible as evidence in court.
  • hereafter: means the time after the statute containing it takes effect. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Impeachment: (1) The process of calling something into question, as in "impeaching the testimony of a witness." (2) The constitutional process whereby the House of Representatives may "impeach" (accuse of misconduct) high officers of the federal government for trial in the Senate.
  • Incompetent: if used in a section in a context relating to actual occupational ability without reference to a court adjudication of incompetency, means the actual ability of a person to perform in that occupation. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Nolo contendere: No contest-has the same effect as a plea of guilty, as far as the criminal sentence is concerned, but may not be considered as an admission of guilt for any other purpose.
  • Oath: A promise to tell the truth.
  • person: may extend and be applied to bodies politic and corporate, and to partnerships and other unincorporated associations. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Place of residence: means the place where the family of any person permanently resides in this state, and the place where any person having no family generally lodges. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
  • Preliminary hearing: A hearing where the judge decides whether there is enough evidence to make the defendant have a trial.
  • Probate: Proving a will
  • Property: includes real and personal property. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Public defender: Represent defendants who can't afford an attorney in criminal matters.
  • Recess: A temporary interruption of the legislative business.
  • Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
  • State: when applied to any of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories, and the words "United States" includes such district and territories. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
  • Testify: Answer questions in court.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Transcript: A written, word-for-word record of what was said, either in a proceeding such as a trial or during some other conversation, as in a transcript of a hearing or oral deposition.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • United States: includes such district and territories. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Voir dire: The process by which judges and lawyers select a petit jury from among those eligible to serve, by questioning them to determine knowledge of the facts of the case and a willingness to decide the case only on the evidence presented in court. "Voir dire" is a phrase meaning "to speak the truth."
  • Writ: A formal written command, issued from the court, requiring the performance of a specific act.