Target Witness Law and Legal Definition

A target witness refers to a witness who has specific information sought by the grand jury. A jury can ask a target witness to indict. Target witnesses are entitled to advance advisement in order to secure effective employment of the right to counsel and right against self-incrimination.

In People v. Lamb, 224 Ill. App. 3d 950, 955 (Ill. App. Ct. 1992), a target witness be informed of the rights including the right to refuse to answer incriminating questions prior to presenting any testimony.