(1) Despite section 32, in any 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 so given unless—
(a) the statement was made by the police officer at the time of or soon after the occurrence of the events to which it refers; and
(b) the police officer signed the statement when it was made; and
S. 33(2)(c) amended by No. 17/2014 s. 160(Sch. 2 item 39.1).
(c) a copy of the statement had been given to the person charged or to the person's Australian legal practitioner a reasonable time before the hearing of the evidence for the prosecution.
Paragraph (c) differs from the Commonwealth Act and New South Wales Act.
(3) A reference in this section to a police officer includes a reference to a person who, at the time the statement concerned was made, was a police officer.