What does it mean to cross-examine as an attorney?

The adverse attorney may “cross-examine” a witness by interrogating him or her in open court. The adverse attorney aims to highlight the deficiencies in the witness’ testimony, expose inconsistencies, or elicit facts that are favorable to the other party.

Commonly in a Georgia workers’ compensation case, the cross-examination occurs after the witness has offered its “direct” testimony, and the other attorney attempts to discredit that witness. There is no time limit on the cross examination and the power to cross-examine witnesses belong to both parties.