Rules of Evidence


The Credibility Rule

Credibility evidence relates to the honesty, the reliability of perception and ability to recall evidence correctly, of any witness. Section 101A provides a definition of credibility evidence including evidence about any witness or other person. Section 102 provides that credibility evidence is inadmissible. Credibility evidence may include evidence against, or in favour of, a witness’ credibility. Evidence is considered to be credibility evidence only if it relates solely to credibility, and is not if it is adduced for another purpose.

All statutory sections from unspecified Acts, are sections from a model Act of the Commonwealth Parliament as described on the first page of this chapter, and should be replicated as described in each of the related Acts of each State and Territory. (Jurisdiction to regulate the rules of evidence exists in the States and Territories and not in the Commonwealth).