If you're working in a law firm, do the words "testified" and "stated" have two different meanings?
The witness testified that...
The witness stated that...
And is it acceptable to use the two as synonyms?
Black's Law Dictionary online states:
It also states:
There are lots of specialized dictionaries on the Net. It's a good idea to do research before asking a question that you can answer yourself.
You testify under oath. Part of the testimony is what you state. You can also state things outside of the legal proceedings.