Confidential Clergy Communications Privilege Statutes: District of Columbia

Confidential Clergy Communications Statutes

District of Columbia Confidential Clergy Communications Privilege Statute

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA OFFICIAL CODE

Division II. Judiciary and Judicial Procedure.

Title 14. Proof.

Chapter 3. Competency of Witnesses.

  • 14-309. Clergy.A priest, clergyman, rabbi, or other duly licensed, ordained, or consecrated minister of a religion authorized to perform a marriage ceremony in the District of Columbia or duly accredited practitioner of Christian Science may not be examined in any civil or criminal proceedings in the Federal courts in the District of Columbia and District of Columbia courts with respect to any –

(1) confession, or communication, made to him, in his professional capacity in the course of discipline enjoined by the church or other religious body to which he belongs, without the consent of the person making the confession or communication; or

(2) communication made to him, in his professional capacity in the course of giving religious or spiritual advice, without the consent of the person seeking the advice; or

(3) communication made to him, in his professional capacity, by either spouse, in connection with an effort to reconcile estranged spouses, without the consent of the spouse making the communication.