The prosecutor will present their witnesses and ask questions. This is called direct examination. It is improper to lead a witness during direct examination. Leading questions are those that suggest an answer, such as: “Isn’t it true that you were home last night?” Instead, a non-leading question should be asked, such as: “Where were you last night?”
After the prosecutor “passes” the witness, the defense attorney will be permitted to cross-examine the witness. Leading questions are proper and encouraged on cross-examination.