Denmans Act Law and Legal Definition

Denman’s Act is an English Statute which provides that that no person offered as a witness can be excluded because of incapacity due to a past crime or an interest in the proceedings. This was a provision of the Evidence Act of 1843.

It is also used to refer to section 5 of the Criminal Procedure Act of 1865 that allowed defense counsel to sum up evidence as allowed in a civil trial, to prove contradictory statements made by an adverse witness, to prove a previous criminal conviction of an adverse witness, and to compare samples of disputed handwriting.

Denman’s Act is also referred to as Mr. Denman's Act or Lord Denman's Act.