(1) Despite section 32, in a criminal proceeding, a police officer may give evidence-in-chief for the prosecution by reading or being led through a written statement previously made by the police officer.
(2) Evidence may not be given in that way unless—
(a) the statement was made by the police officer at the time of or soon after the events mentioned in the statement happened; and
(b) the police officer signed the statement when it was made; and
(c) a copy of the statement had been given to the person charged or to the person's Australian legal practitioner or legal counsel a reasonable time before the hearing of the evidence for the prosecution.
(3) A reference in this section to a police officer includes a reference to a person who was a police officer at the time the statement was made.