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The Civil Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1997

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Admissibility of hearsay evidence

Admissibility of hearsay evidence

3.—(1) In civil proceedings evidence shall not be excluded on the ground that it is hearsay.

(2) All common law rules providing for exceptions to the rule against hearsay in civil proceedings are superseded by this Order.

(3) In this Order—

(a)“hearsay” means a statement made otherwise than by a person while giving oral evidence in the proceedings which is tendered as evidence of the matters stated; and

(b)references to hearsay include hearsay of whatever degree.

(4) Nothing in this Order affects the admissibility of evidence admissible apart from this Article.

(5) The provisions of Articles 4 to 6 (safeguards relating to hearsay evidence) do not apply in relation to hearsay evidence admissible apart from this Article, notwithstanding that it may also be admissible by virtue of this Article.

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