Testimonial privilege: Van Der Heijden v The Netherlands

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Stuesser, L. (2012). Testimonial privilege: Van Der Heijden v The Netherlands. International Journal of Evidence and Proof, 16(3), 323-328. ISSN: 1356-7127

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In the case of Van Der Hejden v The Netherlands' the European Court of Human Rights grappled with the scope of testimonial privilege and specifically whether a de facto partner of an accused should be accorded a privilege not to testify against her partner. The law in the Netherlands provided a testimonial privilege for 'spouses' and for 'registered partners', but not for those in de facto relationships.

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