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The general rule is that there is no specific number of witnesses required to prove a case. One witness whose evidence is credible is enough to secure judgement in any civil or criminal trial. The court is not concerned with the number of witnesses called but in the quality of evidence given by the parties[1]. Corroboration acts as an exception to this general rule.


As a general rule, witnesses are the means by which one can prove or disprove evidence in court. Regardless of the kind of evidence, it must be proven through witnesses. It shows clearly that witnesses are the vehicles through which one can prove or disprove evidence. This topic is about determining the competence of these witnesses.
Generally, competence means the ability of a witness to lawfully give evidence in court. A competent witness is a person who is fit, proper, capable and qualified to give evidence. Such a person must not be under any legal disability by virtue of the Evidence Act 2011 or any other statute.