Legal Studies 3080

Self-Incrimination

Witnesses are protected by law from being prosecuted for things they say in their testimony. Under the Canada Evidence Act , a witness can object to a question on the grounds that answering it would be self-incrimination; in other words, it points to the witness's own guilt. Such a question will be withdrawn if the judge agrees. If a witness does say something that indicates guilt, he or she cannot be prosecuted for it.