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RULES OF EVIDENCE

ARTICLE V. PRIVILEGES

Rule 505. Religious Privilege

 

A priest, rabbi or ordained or licensed minister of any church or a duly accredited Christian Science practitioner shall not be required to disclose a confession or confidence made to him or her in his or her professional character as spiritual advisor unless the person confessing or confiding waives the privilege.

2016 NHRE Update Committee Note

None of the privilege rules were adopted from the Federal Rules of Evidence so they were not part of the Update Committee’s targeted review. Some of the rules of privilege are adopted from the Uniform Rules of Evidence and some of them summarize New Hampshire statutes on privilege that were in existence at the time the New Hampshire Rules of Evidence were adopted. The Uniform Rules of Evidence were modified in 2005. The Update Committee did not make recommendations to amend these rules based upon Uniform Rule modifications.

 

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