Code of the District of Columbia

§ 4–1321.05. Privileges; waiver.

Notwithstanding the provisions of §§ 14-306 and 14-307, neither the spouse or domestic partner privilege nor the physician-patient privilege shall be grounds for excluding evidence in any proceeding in the Family Division of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia concerning the welfare of a neglected child; provided, that a judge of the Family Division of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia determines such privilege should be waived in the interest of justice.


(Nov. 6, 1966, 80 Stat. 1355, Pub. L. 89-775, § 5; July 29, 1970, 84 Stat. 577, Pub. L. 91-358, title I, § 159(a); Sept. 23, 1977, D.C. Law 2-22, title I, § 103(f), 24 DCR 3341; Sept. 12, 2008, D.C. Law 17-231, § 13, 55 DCR 6758.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-1355.

1973 Ed., § 2-165.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 17-231 substituted “spouse or domestic partner” for “husband-wife”.