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The Criminal Justice (Evidence, Etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 1988


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Abolition of requirement of corroboration for unsworn evidence of children

13.—(1) Subsection (2) of section 57 of the Children and Young Persons Act (Northern Ireland) 1968(1) (under which, where the unsworn evidence of a child of tender years admitted by virtue of that section is given on behalf of the prosecution, the accused is not liable to be convicted unless that evidence is corroborated by some other material evidence in support thereof implicating him) shall cease to have effect.

(2) Any requirement whereby at a trial on indictment it is obligatory for the court to give the jury a warning about convicting the accused on the uncorroborated evidence of a child is abrogated in relation to cases where such a warning is required by reason only that the evidence is the evidence of a child.

(3) Unsworn evidence admitted by virtue of section 57 of the Children and Young Persons Act (Northern Ireland) 1968 may corroborate evidence (sworn or unsworn) given by any other person.

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