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Project 27(I) - Admissibility in evidence of computer records & other statements

Project No. 27(I)

Commenced: 1971
Completed: 1980

The Committee was asked to consider the reference in light of the recommendations of the Victorian Chief Justice’s Law Reform Committee concerning the admissibility in court proceedings of records produced by computers, and related matters (Evidence (Documents) Act 1971 (Vic)). The Commission took over the reference from the Committee upon its inception in January 1973.

Terms of Reference

In 1971, the Committee was asked to consider and report on what provision, if any, should be made for the admissibility in court proceedings of records produced by computers. It was also asked to consider whether ss 79B–79E of the Evidence Act 1906 (WA), which relate to the admissibility of documentary statements, should be revised in view of reforms made in other jurisdictions.

Outcomes

In July 1985, the Attorney-General announced that the government had approved the drafting of legislation to address the recommendations. In 1987, the Evidence Amendment Act 1987 (WA) was enacted to implement the Commission’s recommendations.

Last updated: 31-Jan-2017

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