Monthly Archives: October 2011

How old must a child be in order to testify in court?

Most, if not all, jurisdictions have no minimum age requirement in order for a child to be permitted to testify in court.  Instead, judges are given discretion to determine whether a child is competent to testify. In most jurisdictions, judges … Continue reading

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Can a Witness Refuse to Answer a Question on Fifth Amendment Grounds in a Civil Case?

Absolutely.  The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects a witness’s right not to self-incriminate, not just in criminal proceedings, but in civil proceedings as well.  This is important because if a witness fails to invoke the Fifth Amendment in a … Continue reading

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