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It is the purpose of this Note to collect and discuss some of the newer decisions construing and applying the rules of evidence as to certain privileged communications, with a view toward indicating possible trends and developments or limitations, if any, in this field of the law of evidence. It is limited primarily to communications between husband and wife, attorney and client, physician and patient, and priest and penitent, with a short discussion of the so-called "novel privileges." The assumption is made that the reader is familiar with generally accepted definitions of the various privileges, as well as traditional limitations.'

The privileges discussed are so well established today, usually by statute, although some came from the common law that a discussion of their necessity, purpose, usefulness or rational bases would not be profitable. We turn, therefore, to an immediate consideration of recent cases.