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Code of Canon Law

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  • BOOK VII : PROCESSES
    • PART II : THE CONTENTIOUS TRIAL
      • SECTION I: THE ORDINARY CONTENTIOUS TRIAL
        • TITLE IV: PROOFS (Cann. 1526 - 1586)
          • CHAPTER III : WITNESSES AND TESTIMONY
            • ARTICLE 1: THOSE WHO CAN BE WITNESSES
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ARTICLE 1: THOSE WHO CAN BE WITNESSES

Can. 1549 Everyone can be a witness, unless expressly excluded, whether wholly or in part, by the law.

Can. 1550 §1 Minors under the age of fourteen years and those who are of feeble mind are not admitted to give evidence. They can, however, be heard if the judge declares by a decree that it would be appropriate to do so.

§2 The following are deemed incapable of being witnesses:

the parties in the case or those who appear at the trial in the name of the parties; the judge and his assistant; the advocate and those others who in the same case assist or have assisted the parties;

priests, in respect of everything which has become known to them in sacramental confession, even if the penitent has asked that these things be made known. Moreover, anything that may in any way have been heard by anyone on the occasion of confession, cannot be accepted even as an indication of the truth.




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