N.Y. Criminal Procedure Law Section 60.15
Rules of evidence

  • what witnesses may be called


Unless otherwise expressly provided, in any criminal proceeding involving a defendant in which evidence is or may be received, both the people and the defendant may as a matter of right call and examine witnesses, and each party may cross-examine every witness called by the other party.


A defendant may testify in his own behalf, but his failure to do so is not a factor from which any inference unfavorable to him may be drawn.

Source: Section 60.15 — Rules of evidence; what witnesses may be called, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/CPL/60.­15 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Dec. 9, 2023).

Dec. 9, 2023

Last modified:
Sep. 22, 2014

§ 60.15’s source at nysenate​.gov

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