Article VI. Witnesses

Rule 610. Religious Beliefs or Opinions

Evidence of the beliefs or opinions of a witness on matters of religion is not admissible for the purpose of showing that by reason of their nature the witness’s credibility is impaired or enhanced.

Advisory Commission Comments

The rule prohibits any use of religious beliefs either to impeach or enhance a witness’s credibility. Adoption of the rule would bring a salutary change to Tennessee law in the Commission’s view. Cf. T.C.A. § 24-1-102 [repealed].


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