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Oral and affidavit evidence

             (1)  On the hearing of any matter, not being the trial of a cause, evidence may be given by affidavit or as otherwise directed or allowed by the High Court.

             (2)  At the trial of a cause, proof may be given by affidavit of the service of a document in or incidental to the proceedings in the cause or of the signature of a party to the cause or of his or her solicitor to such a document.

             (3)  The High Court may at any time, for sufficient reason and on such conditions as are just, order that particular facts may be proved by affidavit at the trial of a cause, or that the affidavit of a person may be read at the trial of a cause.

             (4)  Notwithstanding any order under subsection (3), if a party to a cause desires in good faith that the maker of an affidavit (other than an affidavit referred to in subsection (2)) proposed to be used in the cause be cross-examined with respect to the matters in the affidavit, the affidavit may not be used in the cause unless that person appears as a witness for cross-examination or the High Court, in its discretion, permits the affidavit to be used without the person so appearing.

             (5)  If the parties to a suit so agree and the High Court does not otherwise order, testimony at the trial of the suit may be given by affidavit.

             (6)  Subject to the foregoing provisions of this section, testimony at the trial of a cause shall be given orally.

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