admissibility of records

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In civil proceedings, documents containing information (records) are admissible under the Civil Evidence Act 1995 as evidence of the facts stated in them. Before the introduction of the 1995 Act such documents and records were admissible only if they came within an exception to the rules prohibiting the use of hearsay evidence. In criminal cases, the hearsay rules in relation to business documents are now to be found in the Criminal Justice Act 2003. Under these provisions, such records are admissible if they have been compiled by someone acting in the course of a duty to do so.

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