Definition of Queen's evidence in English:

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Queen's evidence


[mass noun] English Law
Evidence for the prosecution given by a participant in or accomplice to the crime being tried: what happens if they turn Queen’s evidence?
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  • Initially he was a defendant but he turned Queen's evidence and helped secure the conviction of a gang involved in the importation of up to 40 kilos of heroin.
  • Offenders will be guaranteed in writing that if they plead guilty and turn Queen's evidence, the sentencing judge will be told of their cooperation and they can expect a lower sentence.
  • However, the use of Queen's evidence is always fraught with controversy as witnesses have a clear personal incentive to give the testimony.
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