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“civil proceedings” has the meaning given by section 11 and “court” and “rules of court” shall be construed in accordance with that section;
“document” means anything in which information of any description is recorded, and “copy”, in relation to a document, means anything onto which information recorded in the document has been copied, by whatever means and whether directly or indirectly;
“hearsay” shall be construed in accordance with section 1(2);
“oral evidence” includes evidence which, by reason of a defect of speech or hearing, a person called as a witness gives in writing or by signs;
“the original statement”, in relation to hearsay evidence, means the underlying statement (if any) by—
in the case of evidence of fact, a person having personal knowledge of that fact, or
in the case of evidence of opinion, the person whose opinion it is; and
“statement” means any representation of fact or opinion, however made.
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