Confidential Clergy Communications Privilege Statutes: Virginia

Confidential Clergy Communications Statutes

Virginia Confidential Clergy Communications Privilege Statute

CODE OF VIRGINIA ANNOTATED

TITLE 8.01. Civil Remedies and Procedure.

Chapter 14. Evidence.

Article 4. Witnesses Generally.

  • 8.01-400. Communications between ministers of religion and persons they counsel or advise.No regular minister, priest, rabbi, or accredited practitioner over the age of eighteen years, of any religious organization or denomination usually referred to as a church, shall be required to give testimony as a witness or to relinquish notes, records or any written documentation made by such person, or disclose the contents of any such notes, records or written documentation, in discovery proceedings in any civil action which would disclose any information communicated to him in a confidential manner, properly entrusted to him in his professional capacity and necessary to enable him to discharge the functions of his office according to the usual course of his practice or discipline, wherein such person so communicating such information about himself or another is seeking spiritual counsel and advice relative to and growing out of the information so imparted.

TITLE 19.2. Criminal Procedure.

Chapter 16. Evidence and Witnesses.

Article 1. In General.

  • 19.2-271.3. Communications between ministers of religion and persons they counsel or advise.No regular minister, priest, rabbi or accredited practitioner over the age of eighteen years, of any religious organization or denomination usually referred to as a church, shall be required in giving testimony as a witness in any criminal action to disclose any information communicated to him by the accused in a confidential manner, properly entrusted to him in his professional capacity and necessary to enable him to discharge the functions of his office according to the usual course of his practice or discipline, where such person so communicating such information about himself or another is seeking spiritual counsel and advice relative to and growing out of the information so imparted.