Confidential Clergy Communications Privilege Statutes: Ohio

Confidential Clergy Communications Statutes

Ohio Confidential Clergy Communications Privilege Statute

OHIO REVISED CODE

TITLE XXIII. Courts–Common Pleas.

Chapter 2317. Evidence.

Competency of Witnesses and Evidence; Privileged Communications.

  • 2317.02 Privileged communications and acts.The following persons shall not testify in certain respects:(C) A member of the clergy, rabbi, priest, or regularly ordained, accredited, or licensed minister of an established and legally cognizable church, denomination, or sect, when the member of the clergy, rabbi, priest, or minister remains accountable to the authority of that church, denomination, or sect, concerning a confession made, or any information confidentially communicated, to the member of the clergy, rabbi, priest, or minister for a religious counseling purpose in the member of the clergy’s, rabbi’s, priest’s, or minister’s professional character; however, the member of the clergy, rabbi, priest, or minister may testify by express consent of the person making the communication, except when the disclosure of the information is in violation of a sacred trust;