What is the test for cross-examination in a civil case?

Ontario, Canada


The following excerpt is from Thomas Farrell at al. v. John Kavanagh et al., 2020 ONSC 8154 (CanLII):

Compliance with the rule in Browne v. Dunn does not require that every scrap of evidence on which a party desires to contradict the witness for the opposite party be put to that witness in cross-examination. The cross-examination should confront the witness with matters of substance on which the party seeks to impeach the witness’s credibility and on which the witness has not had an opportunity of giving an explanation because there has been no suggestion whatever that the witness’s story is not accepted.

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