NORDSCI Conference proceedings 2019, Book 2

Law

WITNESSES’ ANSWERING STRATEGIES IN THE ROMANIAN WITNESS EXAMINATION 

Lecturer Dr. Marcela Alina Fărcașiu

ABSTRACT

This paper focuses on the answering strategies used by witnesses in the Romanian witness examinations. The Romanian witness examination is governed by the judge-lawyer-witness triad, with the judge acting as the intermediary between the lawyer and the witness. In the Romanian courtroom (belonging to the inquisitorial system of justice), witnesses are not as constrained by the system as the American ones. Therefore, some of them may use some strategies through which they reprimand the judge or the system of justice. Such strategies include counter-questioning strategies and dispreferred answers.

KEYWORDS

courtroom, witness examination, dispreferred answer, counter-questioning strategies 

REFERENCE

NORDSCI Conference Proceedings 2019, Book 2, Conference Proceedings, ISSN 2603-4107, ISBN 978-619-7495-06-5, WITNESSES’ ANSWERING STRATEGIES IN THE ROMANIAN WITNESS EXAMINATION , 289-296 pp, DOI paper 10.32008/nordsci2019/b2/v2/34