The right to cross-examine the witnesses against you is insured by the U. S. Constitution, Amendments 5, 6, and 14. It is so valuable that it must be waived by the Defendant in a criminal case before the judge will accept a plea of guilty. Cross-examination is the Defendant’s opportunity to question the veracity, trustworthiness, and credibility of a witness.
Our constitution is only a little over 200 years old. But over 2500 years ago, the wise King Solomon acknowledged the importance and effectiveness of cross-examination. Proverbs 18:17 New King James Version (NKJV) “17 The first one to plead his cause seems right, Until his neighbor comes and examines him.”