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Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003

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Section 15

SCHEDULE 1Proceedings of a nominated court under section 15

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Securing attendance of witnesses

1The court has the like powers for securing the attendance of a witness as it has for the purposes of other proceedings before the court.

2In Scotland the court has power to issue a warrant to officers of law to cite witnesses, and section 156 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 (c. 46) applies in relation to a witness so cited.

Power to administer oaths

3The court may take evidence on oath.

Proceedings

4Rules of court under section 49 may, in particular, make provision in respect of the persons entitled to appear or take part in the proceedings and for excluding the public from the proceedings.

Privilege of witnesses

5(1)A person cannot be compelled to give any evidence which he could not be compelled to give—

(a)in criminal proceedings in the part of the United Kingdom in which the nominated court exercises jurisdiction, or

(b)subject to sub-paragraph (2), in criminal proceedings in the country from which the request for the evidence has come.

(2)Sub-paragraph (1)(b) does not apply unless the claim of the person questioned to be exempt from giving the evidence is conceded by the court or authority which made the request.

(3)Where the person’s claim is not conceded, he may be required to give the evidence to which the claim relates (subject to the other provisions of this paragraph); but the evidence may not be forwarded to the court or authority which requested it if a court in the country in question, on the matter being referred to it, upholds the claim.

(4)A person cannot be compelled to give any evidence if his doing so would be prejudicial to the security of the United Kingdom.

(5)A certificate signed by or on behalf of the Secretary of State or, where the court is in Scotland, the Lord Advocate to the effect that it would be so prejudicial for that person to do so is conclusive evidence of that fact.

(6)A person cannot be compelled to give any evidence in his capacity as an officer or servant of the Crown.

(7)Sub-paragraphs (4) and (6) are without prejudice to the generality of sub-paragraph (1).

Forwarding evidence

6(1)The evidence received by the court is to be given to the court or authority that made the request or to the territorial authority for forwarding to the court or authority that made the request.

(2)So far as may be necessary in order to comply with the request—

(a)where the evidence consists of a document, the original or a copy is to be provided,

(b)where it consists of any other article, the article itself, or a description, photograph or other representation of it, is to be provided.

Supplementary

7The Bankers' Books Evidence Act 1879 (c. 11) applies to the proceedings as it applies to other proceedings before the court.

8No order for costs may be made.

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