prosecuting witness

prosecuting witness
The private person upon whose complaint or information a criminal accusation is founded and whose testimony is mainly relied on to secure a conviction at the trial. In a more particular sense, the person who was chiefly injured, in person or property, by the act constituting the alleged crime (as in case of robbery, assault, criminal negligence, bastardy, and the like), and who instigates the prosecution and gives evidence.

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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