Obsolete Date: 3/1/2014
The credibility of a witness may be attacked by any party, including the party calling the witness.
Rule 607 was amended, effective March 1, 1990; March 1, 2014.
This rule does away with the prohibition against impeaching one's own witness.
Rule 607 was amended, effective March 1, 1990. The amendment is technical in nature and no substantive change is intended.
Rule 607 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, page 24; March 24-25, 1988, page 12; December 3, 1987, page 15; April 8, 1976, page 27; January 29, 1976, page 13. Fed.R.Ev. 607; Rule 607, SBAND proposal.
Cross Reference: N.D.R.Ev. 404 (Character Evidence; Crimes or Other Acts), N.D.R.Ev. 608 (A Witness's Character for Truthfulness or Untruthfulness), N.D.R.Ev. 609 (Impeachment by Evidence of a Criminal Conviction), N.D.R.Civ.P. 43 (Evidence).