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RULE 5-601. GENERAL RULE OF COMPETENCY

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West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Maryland Rules
Title 5. Evidence (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 600. Witnesses
MD Rules, Rule 5-601
RULE 5-601. GENERAL RULE OF COMPETENCY
Except as otherwise provided by law, every person is competent to be a witness.
Committee note: Under this Rule, a witness is not generally incompetent by virtue of status. A court could find, however, that because of insufficient memory, intelligence, or ability to express oneself, or inability to appreciate the need to tell the truth, a particular witness is not competent to testify as to certain matters. See Rules 5-401 through 5-403, and 5-603.
Cross reference: Code, Courts Article, §§ 9-104 and 9-116.
Source: This Rule is derived from F.R.Ev. 601.

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[Adopted Dec. 15, 1993, eff. July 1, 1994.]
MD Rules, Rule 5-601, MD R REV Rule 5-601
Current with amendments received through November 15, 2020.
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