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Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003

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Part 1Evidence given by television link

Securing attendance of witnesses

1The nominated court has the like powers for securing the attendance of the witness to give evidence through the link as it has for the purpose of proceedings before the court.

2In Scotland the nominated court has power to issue a warrant to officers of law to cite the witness for the purpose of securing his attendance to give evidence through the link, and section 156 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 (c. 46) applies in relation to the witness if so cited.

Conduct of hearing

3The witness is to give evidence in the presence of the nominated court.

4The nominated court is to establish the identity of the witness.

5The nominated court is to intervene where it considers it necessary to do so to safeguard the rights of the witness.

6The evidence is to be given under the supervision of the court of the country concerned.

7The evidence is to be given in accordance with the laws of that country and with any measures for the protection of the witness agreed between the Secretary of State and the authority in that country which appears to him to have the function of entering into agreements of that kind.

8Rules of court under section 49 must make provision for the use of interpreters.

Privilege of witness

9(1)The witness cannot be compelled to give any evidence which he could not be compelled to give in criminal proceedings in the part of the United Kingdom in which the nominated court exercises jurisdiction.

(2)The witness cannot be compelled to give any evidence if his doing so would be prejudicial to the security of the United Kingdom.

(3)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 to be conclusive evidence of that fact.

(4)The witness cannot be compelled to give any evidence in his capacity as an officer or servant of the Crown.

(5)Sub-paragraphs (2) and (4) are without prejudice to the generality of sub-paragraph (1).

Record of hearing

10Rules of court under section 49 must make provision—

(a)for the drawing up of a record of the hearing,

(b)for sending the record to the external authority.

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