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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