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  • The Act is being amended to allow for other agreed evidence to be introduced without having to call the actual witness.
  • The amendments will also facilitate easy admission of computer-generated evidence.
  • The Government wants to modernise the provisions and make them more user friendly.

The Government is to bring another set of amendments to the Evidence Act, which will, among other things, allow uncontested expert reports within the court system.

This was disclosed by Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, during an interview with JIS News.

He also noted that the Act is being amended to allow for other agreed evidence, where the Prosecution and the Defence are not contesting it, to be introduced without having to call the actual witness.

“This is very important, for example, where you are dealing with evidence of a scientific nature, like autopsy reports and ballistic reports…where those issues are not in dispute in a case,” Senator Golding said.

“We are going to amend the Evidence Act to allow those reports of certificates to be admitted by agreement, so we won’t have to call the actual expert,” the Minister explained.

The amendments will also facilitate easy admission of computer-generated evidence. “Our provisions in the Evidence Act are antiquated and require quite a convoluted series of steps in terms of proof of the working of the machine, before any computer-generated evidence can be admitted,” Senator Golding said.

He added that given the prevalence of computers, the Government wants to modernise the provisions and make them more user friendly.