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Admission of recording of evidence of complainant

S. 381(1AA) inserted by No. 48/2018 s. 32(1).

    (1AA)     Subject to this section, the court may admit a recording of the evidence of the complainant.

S. 381(1AAB) inserted by No. 48/2018 s. 32(1).

    (1AAB)     There is a presumption in favour of admitting the recording.

S. 381(1) amended by No. 48/2018 s. 32(2)(a).

    (1)     The presumption in favour of admitting the recording is rebutted if the court considers that it is in the interests of justice that the recording not be admitted, having regard to—

        (a)     whether the complainant's recorded evidence is complete, including cross-examination and re-examination;

        (b)     the effect of editing any inadmissible evidence from the recording;

S. 381(1)(c) repealed by No. 48/2018 s. 32(2)(b).

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        (d)     whether the accused would be unfairly disadvantaged by the admission of the recording;

S. 381(1)(e) amended by No. 48/2018 s. 32(2)(c).

        (e)     subject to subsection (1A), any other matter that the court considers relevant.

S. 381(1A) inserted by No. 48/2018 s. 32(3).

    (1A)     The availability or willingness of the complainant to give further evidence is irrelevant to the question of whether it is in the interests of justice not to admit the recording.

    (2)     The court may admit the whole or any part of the contents of a recording and may direct that the recording be edited or altered to delete any part of it that is inadmissible.

New s. 382 inserted by No. 68/2009 s. 50, repealed by No. 37/2017 s. 13(1).

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New s. 383 inserted by No. 68/2009 s. 50.

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