n Without Prejudice - Hearsay evidence : the law
|Article Title||Hearsay evidence : the law|
|© Publisher:||JetBlue Publishers (Pty) Ltd|
|Author||Deborah Di Siena and Ahmed Mokdad|
|Publication Date||Nov 2012|
|Pages||44 - 45|
The hearsay rule is the best known of the common law exclusionary rules of evidence. Its raison d'être, however, has long been the subject of debate among academics and our courts. Whether it stems from judicial distrust of witnesses or a concern about adversarial fairness, it has long been trite law that hearsay evidence is generally inadmissible in court proceedings. Ironically, however, the Law of Evidence Amendment Act (45 of 1988), does not impose a total moratorium on the introduction of hearsay evidence in court proceedings.
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