competent witness


competent witness
A person who is legally qualified to testify as a witness. Legal qualification may depend on the witness's age, mental capacity, and relationship to the matter at issue.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

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  • competent witness — A person qualified to testify under oath; a person who meets the test of age, mental power, religious belief, and capacity to understand the nature and obligation of an oath. Lemer v Bryan, 184 NC 282, 114 SE 6, 26 ALR 1488. A credible witness;… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • evidence by a competent witness — index testimony Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • WITNESS — (Heb. עֵד, one that has personal knowledge of an event or a fact. The evidence of at least two witnesses was required for convicting the accused (Num. 35:30; Deut. 17:6; 19:15; cf. I Kings 21:10, 13). Commercial transactions of importance took… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • competent — com·pe·tent / käm pə tənt/ adj 1: having or showing requisite or adequate ability or qualities a competent lawyer competent representation by counsel 2 a: free from addiction or mental defect that renders one incapable of taking care of oneself… …   Law dictionary

  • witness — wit·ness 1 n [Old English witnes knowledge, testimony, witness, from wit mind, sense, knowledge] 1 a: attestation of a fact or event in witness whereof the parties have executed this release b: evidence (as of the authenticity of a conveyance by… …   Law dictionary

  • Competent — Com pe*tent (k[o^]m p[ e]*tent; 94), a. [F. comp[ e]tent, p. pr. of comp[ e]ter to be in the competency of, LL. competere to strive after together, to agree with; hence, to be fit. See {Compete}.] 1. Answering to all requirements; adequate;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • competent — Duly qualified; answering all requirements; having sufficient capacity, ability or authority; possessing the requisite physical, mental, natural or legal qualifications; able; adequate; suitable; sufficient; capable; legally fit. A testator may… …   Black's law dictionary

  • witness — verb To subscribe one s name to a deed, will, or other document, for the purpose of attesting its authenticity, and proving its execution, if required, by bearing witness thereto. See also affirmation attest jurat verification noun …   Black's law dictionary

  • competent person — A capable person; a person legally qualified by age and mental capacity. See competent attesting witness; competent witness …   Ballentine's law dictionary


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