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compellable witness


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A witness who may lawfully be required to give evidence and who may be punished for contempt of court for refusal. In principle every person who is competent to be a witness is compellable. In criminal proceedings, the spouse or civil partner of the accused is generally competent and compellable as a witness for the defence. However, the spouse or civil partner of the accused is not normally compellable as a witness for the prosecution. See competence.

Subjects: Law.


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