Oral Testimony Law and 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.