Confrontation of Witness Law and Legal Definition

Confrontation of witness is the act of placing an accused in such proximity to the witness that he may see him and hear his testimony. In criminal cases, the accused has a right to meet the witness against him, face to face. Such right is called confrontation of witness. [People v. Elliott, 172 N.Y. 146 (N.Y. 1902)].

The constitutional right of confrontation means something more than merely bringing the accused and the witness face to face; it embodies and carries with it the valuable right of cross-examination of the witness. [Garcia v. State, 151 Tex. Crim. 593 (Tex. Crim. App. 1948)].