Credible witness

credible witness

n. a witness whose testimony is more than likely to be true based on his/her experience, knowledge, training and appearance of honesty and forthrightness, as well as common human experience. This is subjective in that the trier of fact (judge or jury) may be influenced by the demeanor of the witness or other factors. (See: credibility)

CREDIBLE WITNESS. A credible witness is one who is competent to give evidence, and is worthy of belief. 5 Mass. 219 17 Pick. 134; 2 Curt. Ecc. R. 336. In deciding upon the credibility of a witness, it is always pertinent to consider whether he is capable of knowing the thing thoroughly about which he testifies. 2. Whether he was actually present at the transaction. 3. Whether he paid, sufficient attention to qualify himself to be a reporter of it; and 4. Whether he honestly relates the affair fully as he knows it, without any purpose or desire to deceive, or suppress or add to the truth.
     2. In some of the states, as Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia, wills must be attested by credible witnesses. See Attesting Witness; Competent Witness; Disinterested Witness; Respectable Witness; and Witness.

References in classic literature ?
It was not a night in which any credible witness was likely to be straying about a cemetery, so the three men who were there, digging into the grave of Henry Armstrong, felt reasonably secure.
Ham Peggotty, who went to the national school, and was a very dragon at his catechism, and who may therefore be regarded as a credible witness, reported next day, that happening to peep in at the parlour-door an hour after this, he was instantly descried by Miss Betsey, then walking to and fro in a state of agitation, and pounced upon before he could make his escape.
Mr Matthews had told the hearing that Miss A was not a credible witness and had made a series of "wild and unsubstantiated allegations".
Magistrates said Mr Boylam was a credible witness, they believed him, and said his evidence was supported by a 999 call recording of him reporting the matter to the police.
She is a credible witness and we are taking the sighting very seriously.
Sheriff Derek Pyle said that while he did not think Ross was any risk to the public, the victim had been a credible witness and "he was in no doubt about the circumstances" of events.
However, court chairwoman Ann Roberts said, ``We find the prosecution witness to be a credible witness and despite the previous good character of the defendant we don't believe her evidence.
In a motion filed in the medical malpractice case, lawyers for Lewis' estate said ``every credible witness with personal knowledge states unequivocally before the Northeastern Commission that Reggie Lewis never used cocaine.
The tribunal found Mr Graham, who now earns around EUR75 a day as a cabbie, to be a credible witness and "having seen him give evidence we accept his evidence".
At the Court of Session, Lord Drummond Young threw out Semple's action, saying he wasn't a credible witness.
Councilwoman Jackie Goldberg, who voted with council members Rita Walters and Mike Hernandez to settle, said she was sympathetic with the LAPD's position but swayed by Hahn's concerns about the credible witness and missing records.
She was a credible witness and clearly distressed at having been described as a "gold digger".