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Explanatory Memorandum to Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2004

Effect of, and rescission of, direction

25.Article 11provides that where a direction for a live link has been given, the witness must give all their evidence through a live link, making it clear that any cross-examination of the witness is also to be given by live link, although the court can rescind a direction if it seems to be in the interests of justice.

26.A party may only apply for the direction to be rescinded if there has been a material change in circumstances since the decision was made (for example if problems with the technology arise after a direction has been given).

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