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Chapter 491

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  491.010.  Witness's interest does not disqualify — exception — statements of deceased persons and incompetents and other parties to the transaction — abrogation of deadman statute. — 1.  No person shall be disqualified as a witness in any civil suit or proceeding at law or in equity, by reason of his interest in the event of the same as a party or otherwise, but such interest may be shown for the purpose of affecting his credibility.

  2.  In any such suit, proceeding or probate matter, where one of the parties to the contract, transaction, occurrence or cause of action, or his agent in such matter, is dead or is shown to be incompetent, and the adverse party or his agent testifies with respect thereto, then any relevant statement or statements made by the deceased party or agent or by the incompetent prior to his incompetency, shall not be excluded as hearsay, provided that in trials before a jury, the trial judge shall first determine by voir dire examination out of the hearing of the jury that the declarant would have been a competent witness and that his alleged statement or statements would have been admissible in evidence if he were available to testify.

  3.  The provisions of this section shall apply to all trials commenced after September 28, 1985.


(RSMo 1939 § 1887, A.L. 1983 S.B. 44 & 45, A.L. 1985 S.B. 35, et al.)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 1723; 1919 § 5410; 1909 § 6354

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