1791: 31 George 3 c.35: Competent Witnesses

1791: 31 George 3 c.35: An Act to render Persons convicted of Petty Larceny competent Witnesses.


‘WHEREAS Persons convicted of Grand Larceny are by their Punishment restored to their Credit as Witnesses, but persons convicted of Petty Larceny are rendered and remain wholly incompetent to be examined as Witnesses:’ Be it therefore enacted by the King’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That, from and after the twenty-fourth Day of June one thousand seven hundred and ninety-one, no Person shall be an incompetent Witness by reason of a Conviction for Petty Larceny.

Source: Ruffhead vol. 16.