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Processes » The Contentious Trial » The Ordinary Contentious Trial » Proofs » Witnesses and testimonies » The trustworthiness of testimonies
Canon 1572. In evaluating testimony, the judge, after having requested testimonial letters if necessary, is to consider the following:

1. what the condition or reputation of the person is;

2. whether the testimony derives from personal knowledge, especially from what has been seen or heard personally, or whether from opinion, rumor, or hearsay;

3. whether the witness is reliable and firmly consistent or inconsistent, uncertain, or vacillating;

4. whether the witness has co-witnesses to the testimony or is supported or not by other elements of proof.
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