marital privilege

marital privilege
In a civil (noncriminal) court case, the right of spouses not to testify about confidential communications between them. In a criminal case, the right not to testify against a spouse.
Category: Accidents & Injuries
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Representing Yourself in Court
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

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