RULE 610. RELIGIOUS BELIEFS OR OPINIONS
Evidence of the beliefs or opinions of a witness on matters of religion is not
the purpose of showing that by reason of their nature the witness' credibility is impaired or
Evidence of a witness's religious beliefs or opinions is not admissible to attack or support the witness's credibility.
Rule 610 was amended, effective March 1, 1990; March 1, 2014.
This rule is adopted from
Rule Fed.R.Ev. 610 of the
Federal Rules of Evidence. It should
be noted that the The rule prohibits admission of evidence of religious beliefs
only if offered
to affect credibility. Such evidence may be offered for other purposes, such as showing bias.
Rule 610 was amended, effective March 1, 1990. The amendment is technical in nature and no substantive change is intended.
Rule 610 was amended, effective March 1, 2014, in response to the December 1, 2011, revision of the Federal Rules of Evidence. The language and organization of the rule were changed to make the rule more easily understood and to make style and terminology consistent throughout the rules. There is no intent to change any result in any ruling on evidence admissibility.
Sources: Joint Procedure Committee Minutes
: of April 26-27, 2012,
pages 25-26; March
24-25, 1988, page 12; December 3, 1987, page 15; June 3, 1976, page 2; October 1, 1975,
page 6. Rule Fed.R.Ev. 610 , Federal Rules of
Evidence; Rule 610, SBAND proposal.