Assessing the Credibility of witness testimony in Uganda

A credible witness is one whose testimony appears to believable such that a court can conclude that the witness is most likely telling the truth. Credibility is assessed on the basis of consistency, reputation for honesty or untruthfulness, flawlessness or defects in perception, prior conduct or convictions that show dishonesty or untruthfulness, bias, prejudice, corroboration, neutrality, access or opportunity to obtain information or observe, conditions favouring identification, skills, experience and training, and motivations.

Peacock v R (2008) 190 A Crim R 454 at [44]. At common law, evidence as to the credit of a witness (rather than as to his or her credibility) was admissible where its nature was such as to tend rationally and logically to weaken confidence in the veracity of the witness or in his trustworthiness as a witness of truth: Bickel v John Fairfax & Sons Ltd [1981] 2 NSWLR 474 at 494, f

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