New Delhi | 16 Aug, 2017 (3 years, 3 months ago)

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Can a child be cross examined?

Can my son be cross examined for dowry case. He is seventeen.
Answers

A child is a competent witness. Only rider is that the child should be able to give rational answers to the questions put.
When a party wants the court to record evidence of the child witness , it should be examined in chief in court and also cross- examined by the other side. Without giving opportunity to the other side to cross-examine , court cannot consider that evidence. So even child , if a witness has to be cross-examined in court. If it is civil case , before a commissioner appointed.


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