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(in the law of evidence) In civil proceedings, evidence that a party or witness has been convicted of a criminal offence on a previous occasion is normally inadmissible, unless it is relevant to any issue in the proceedings. In criminal proceedings, the admissibility of evidence of the previous convictions of the defendant or a witness is governed by the Criminal Justice Act 2003. See antecedents; character.

Subjects: Law.


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