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Hi LegalLawrence0721,

 

Thanks for your question. Echoing what doucar said, the fact that a witness is bipolar does not automatically render him or her incompetent to testify, and does not automatically render his or her testimony inadmissible. However, the fact that a witness suffers from mental illness and/or takes medications can be used as evidence of things like the witness’s lack of credibility, or the witness’s limited memory or perception.

 

If you would like to review further resources about evidence in criminal cases in our Learn About the Law section, you do can do so here.

 

Best of luck and let us know if you have further questions.

The FindLaw.com Team

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