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An adverse party is an opposing party in a lawsuit under an adversary system of law. In general, an adverse party is a party against whom judgment is sought. For example, the adverse party for a defendant is the plaintiff.
In a civil law case, there can be one or more adverse parties.
Adverse party's witnesses
A witness called on behalf of an adverse party is usually an adverse witness. In general, the examination of an adverse party's witness may include leading questions and follows the rules of cross examination.
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