Competent witness

COMPETENT WITNESS. One who is legally qualified to be heard to testify in a cause. In Kentucky, Michigan, and Missouri, a will must be attested, for the purpose of passing lands, by competent witnesses; but if wholly written by the testator, in Kentucky, it need not be so attested. See Attesting witness; Credible witness; Disinterested witness; Respectable witness; and Witness.

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He wrote very briefly, neither approving nor blaming my decision, but strongly reiterating his opinion that I should do well to choose a competent witness as my companion at my coming interview with Dexter.
Troy introduced Moody as a competent witness, thoroughly acquainted with the circumstances, and ready and willing to answer any questions relating to them.
These precautions enabled the coroner and jury to settle the question of identity, and to confirm the correctness of the servant's assertion; the evidence offered by competent witnesses, and by the discovery of certain facts, being subsequently strengthened by an examination of the dead man's watch.
This old gentleman informed him that the thing was perfectly feasible if he could get hold of competent witnesses as to Muishkin's mental incapacity.
And all these circumstances take place in the presence o f competent witnesses. Logically--if not legally--there is apparently an inference of the interchange of matrimonial consent here.
Mrs Wititterly was declared, upon the testimony of two veracious and competent witnesses, to be the very picture of a countess!
Our law of evidence lays down conditions to qualify as a competent witness but a proviso makes any witness acceptable if a competent one is not available.
Our law of evidence lays down conditions to qualify as a competent witness. But, a proviso makes any witness acceptable if a competent one is not available.
He said Veloso 'is the most credible and competent witness that could prove not only the guilt of the accused in these Philippine cases but, eventually and more importantly, the full and unabbreviated circumstances that led to her conviction in Indonesia.'
Almost without exception, the sworn testimony of a competent witness is essential; "no witness, no case" is more than just a media catchphrase.
"According to the provisions of the Indian Evidence Act, the documents should be produced through a competent witness, else it cannot be relied upon.
The committee said that it reached its findings on the basis of evidence, including that of headteacher Rebekah Philips, who it found to be an "honest and competent witness".