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Are eidim considered lawyers?

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Why do you think that witnesses are lawyers based on which Gemara in Makkos? –  SimchasTorah Apr 18 '10 at 3:57
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can you explain why you might think that? –  Menachem Aug 23 '12 at 22:37

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No, eidim are witnesses, not lawyers. Their function is to give testimony as to what they observed, not to serve as a partisan defender of one side or another.

Nevertheless, in a criminal case it might be argued that the eidim who witnessed the crime are effectively the prosecutors, but I think it is more accurate to simply call them accusers.

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