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EVIDENCE  .  .  .  .   and how to get a witness to Court

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Witnesses

EVIDENCE ACT 2006 - Into force 1 August 2007

 

 

The Evidence Act was passed by Parliament on 23 November 2006.

 

Little is known yet about how the way this new Act will be used in the Courts.  Netlaw will provide regular updates. 

It brings greater clarity to the way in which information is offered in Court as evidence. The fundamental principle of this Act is that all relevant evidence is admissible unless there is a good reason to exclude it. This will lead to a reduction in the delays in proceedings caused by legal argument over whether certain documents or statements should be admitted.

The new legislation brings together common law and various statutes relating to evidence into one comprehensive Act.

"The Evidence Act will have a significant and positive impact on how the courts opera

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"I was a witness in Court recently in a criminal case and I was treated really badly. I was searched and then left on my own for over an hour and even then I was not offered and tea or coffee. I think there should be far more done for witnesses.

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