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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 4: THE CREDIBILITY OF EVIDENCE
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ARTICLE 4: THE CREDIBILITY OF EVIDENCE

Can. 1572 In weighing evidence the judge may, if it is necessary, seek testimonial letters, and is to take into account:

the condition and uprightness of the witness

whether the knowledge was acquired at first hand, particularly ifit was something seen or heard personally, or whether it was opinion, rumour or hearsay;

whether the witness is constant and consistent, or varies, is uncertain or vacillating;

whether there is corroboration of the testimony, and whether it is confirmed or not by other items of evidence.

Can. 1573 The deposition of one witness cannot amount to full proof, unless the witness is a qualified one who gives evidence on matters carried out in an official capacity, or unless the circumstances of persons and things persuade otherwise.




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