Oral Testimony Law & Legal Definition

Oral testimony is the oldest kind of evidence. The oral testimony of witnesses can exclude or supplement documentary evidence. Under the U.S. law almost anyone can be a witness. The parties to the case, experts, even children, and convicted felons can testify.

Oral testimony provides additional understanding and knowledge about a matter in question before the court. It is a democratic way of collecting information from people compared to other methods of data collection.