oa De Rebus - Evidence led via electronic media
This article deals with the advantages and disadvantages of evidence led Via a video-conference facility. Section 158 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (the Act). as amended by s 7 of the Criminal Procedure Amendment Act 86 of 1996 (the CPAA), deals with a situation in which the court may order that evidence be led by means of electronic media. An application may be made by the state or defence counsel, or the court may make such an order on its own initiative. In the instance dealt with below, it was the state which made the application in terms of s 158(2)(a) of the Act.
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