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EVIDENCE ACT 2011 (NO. 12 OF 2011) - SECT 165A

Warnings in relation to children's evidence

    (1)     A judge in a proceeding in which evidence is given by a child before a jury must not do any of the following:

        (a)     warn the jury, or suggest to the jury, that children as a class are unreliable witnesses;

        (b)     warn the jury, or suggest to the jury, that the evidence of children as a class is inherently less credible or reliable, or requires more careful scrutiny, than the evidence of adults;

        (c)     give a warning, or suggestion to the jury, about the unreliability of the particular child's evidence solely on account of the child's age;

        (d)     in a criminal proceeding—give a general warning to the jury of the danger of convicting on the uncorroborated evidence of a witness who is a child.

    (2)     Subsection (1) does not prevent the judge, at the request of a party, from—

        (a)     telling the jury that the evidence of the particular child may be unreliable and the reasons why it may be unreliable; and

        (b)     warning or telling the jury about the need for caution in deciding whether to accept the evidence of the particular child and the weight to be given to it;

if the party has satisfied the court that there are circumstances (other than solely the age of the child) particular to the child that affect the reliability of the child's evidence and that warrant the giving of the warning or information.

    (3)     This section does not affect any other power of a judge to give a warning to, or to inform, the jury.

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