Leading Questions

A “leading question” is generally one which suggests its own answer. They usually only are permitted on cross-examination. However, whether to allow the use of leading questions otherwise — like on direct examination — is up to the trial judge’s discretion. King v. Copp Trucking, Inc., 853 S.W.2d 304, 309 (Mo. Ct. App. 1993). Even if a trial court abuses its discretion in allowing leading questions, it will only result in a reversal on appeal if there is prejudice or harm to the other party. Sheets v. Kurth, 426 S.W.2d 103, 105 (Mo. 1968).

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