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The Standing Civilian Courts (Amendment) Order 2005

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This Order amends the Standing Civilian Courts Order 1997 (“the 1997 Order”). Article 2(3) inserts two new articles into the 1997 Order to provide for the procedure for the admission of evidence of bad character and hearsay evidence in the Standing Civilian Court under Chapters 1 and 2 of Part 11 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003. By virtue respectively of section 113 and Schedule 6, and section 135 and Schedule 7, of that Act, Chapters 1 and 2 have effect, subject to modification, in relation to proceedings before standing civilian courts. Article 3 of this Order inserts the forms relating to the admission of evidence of bad character and hearsay evidence into the 1997 Order. The new articles only apply to proceedings in relation to which the charge is preferred on or after 1 July 2005.

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