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Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999

Section 43: Procedure on applications under section 41

152.Subsection (1) requires applications to the court for permission to introduce sexual history evidence to be made in the absence of the public, the press, the jury (if any) and all witnesses (other than the defendant). Any other parties to the trial will be allowed to be present when an application is being made so that they can make representations to the court about whether the application should be allowed.

153.Subsection (2) requires courts to give reasons for allowing or refusing an application in open court, and specify the extent to which they are allowing evidence to be introduced into the trial or questions to be asked. This must take place in the absence of the jury (if there is one.) The intention behind this requirement is to ensure that it is clear to the defence, the prosecution and the witness exactly how far questioning can go, and in reference to which issues.

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