video-recorded evidence

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A court may grant leave for a video recording of an interview with any witness (other than the defendant) to be admitted as evidence‐in‐chief in trials of indictable only offences and those either way offences prescribed by order of the Home Secretary (under s 137 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, expected to come into force late 2006 or early 2007). The court may only allow evidence in such a form if it is satisfied that the witness's recollection of events is likely to be significantly better at the time the recording was made than at the time of trial and that it is in the interests of justice to use it. Where a video‐recording is admitted, it will be treated as the final statement of any matters adequately dealt with in it. See also special measures.

Subjects: Law.

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