Privileged witnesses

(Law) witnesses who are not obliged to testify as to certain things, as lawyers in relation to their dealings with their clients, and officers of state as to state secrets; also, by statute, clergymen and physicans are placed in the same category, so far as concerns information received by them professionally.
- Wharton.
(Law) See under Privileged.

See also: Privileged, Witness

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And hours later, Ian and his wife, also called Christine, were the privileged witnesses of a wedding that even the happy couple's family back on Teesside didn't know about.
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Although the woman's breasts are hidden, we remain (as with Degas' bathers) privileged witnesses of her private toilette.
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We call these people privileged witnesses because their involvement in the creation of the spinout implies a certain distance from the creation activities.
The privileged witnesses from the first phase, the TTO and the peers from the scientific community, may have a seat on the board but are less likely to be in the management team.
The role of the privileged witnesses maintains its advisory character throughout the spin-out process, but becomes formalized with the establishment of the board: TTOs take their seat on the board of directors, making their commitment to the spinout formal.
In our study, the prefounding team, being the researchers taking the lead in the spin-out process, guided by privileged witnesses (e.
Primarily, we have shown the existence of privileged witnesses.
Yet "it was the wind and the trees that served as privileged witnesses of those young pilgrims who graced our land and our Church last summer.
Through the project Sint-Truiden, enlightened city We do this with respect for the architecture and history of the monuments and sites concerned and in consultation with the owners, privileged witnesses and the users of these buildings.