2015 New Hampshire Revised Statutes
Title LXII - CRIMINAL CODE
Chapter 632-A - SEXUAL ASSAULT AND RELATED OFFENSES
Section 632-A:6 - Testimony and Evidence.

NH Rev Stat § 632-A:6 (2015) What's This?

    632-A:6 Testimony and Evidence. –
    I. The testimony of the victim shall not be required to be corroborated in prosecutions under this chapter.
    II. Prior consensual sexual activity between the victim and any person other than the actor shall not be admitted into evidence in any prosecution under this chapter.
    III. Consent is no defense if, at the time of the sexual assault, the victim indicates by speech or conduct that there is not freely given consent to performance of the sexual act. A jury is not required to infer consent from a victim's failure to physically resist a sexual assault.
    III-a. The victim's manner of dress at the time of the sexual assault shall not be admitted as evidence in any prosecution under this chapter to infer consent.
    IV. At the request of a party the court shall, in cases under RSA 632-A, order witnesses excluded so that they cannot hear the testimony of other witnesses, and it may make the order of its own motion. This does not authorize exclusion of a party who is a natural person or a victim of the crime, or a person whose presence is shown by a party to be essential to the presentation of the party's cause.
    V. In any sexual assault case under RSA 632-A where the victim is 16 years of age or younger, and the defense has listed as a witness or subpoenaed a parent or parents to testify in the case and requested that the parent or parents be sequestered, the court shall appoint a guardian ad litem to determine the best interests of the minor victim. The guardian ad litem shall make a recommendation to the court, based on the preferences and best interests of the victim, as to whether the parent or parents should be permitted to sit with the victim in the court room during the duration of the trial.

Source. 1975, 302:1. 1992, 254:7. 1996, 5:1. 2005, 148:1, eff. Jan. 1, 2006.


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