Law body wants hearsay permitted in civil trials
Published 30/03/2010 | 05:00
HEARSAY should be permitted in evidence during civil trials, according to the Law Reform Commission.
But a different approach should be taken in criminal cases where the rights of the accused person may be affected.
A consultation paper from the legal watchdog, which will help contribute to a draft Evidence Bill being drawn up by the commission, sets down recommendations in relation to hearsay evidence.
The Director of Public Prosecutions James Hamilton launched the consultation paper on hearsay in Dublin last night.
Hearsay generally involves testimony given by a witness to the court about a conversation that had taken place or a document written up by another person who is not in court.