854. Declarations as to pedigree.

854.     Declarations as to pedigree.

Declarations by living persons1 as to pedigree are admissible in peerage claims, whatever the weight attached to them may be. When made by near relations, they are always admitted2. Any declaration made after litigation is contemplated may, however, be rejected3.

A peer may give evidence and subsequently participate in the judgment in the same case4.

Formerly, resort might be had to an action to perpetuate testimony, but this procedure has fallen into disuse5.