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Evidence Act 1905

Authoritative Version
Act No. 4 of 1905 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Evidence (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 1995
Administered by: Attorney-General's
Registered 25 Jan 2023
Start Date 18 Apr 1995

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Evidence Act 1905

No. 4, 1905

Compilation No. 5

Compilation date:                              18 April 1995

Includes amendments up to:            Act No. 3, 1995

Registered:                                         25 January 2023

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Evidence Act 1905 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 18 April 1995 (the compilation date).

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.

Uncommenced amendments

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not shown in the text of the compiled law. Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on the Legislation Register (www.legislation.gov.au). The details of amendments made up to, but not commenced at, the compilation date are underlined in the endnotes. For more information on any uncommenced amendments, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

If the operation of a provision or amendment of the compiled law is affected by an application, saving or transitional provision that is not included in this compilation, details are included in the endnotes.

Editorial changes

For more information about any editorial changes made in this compilation, see the endnotes.

Modifications

If the compiled law is modified by another law, the compiled law operates as modified but the modification does not amend the text of the law. Accordingly, this compilation does not show the text of the compiled law as modified. For more information on any modifications, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Self‑repealing provisions

If a provision of the compiled law has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law, details are included in the endnotes.

  

  

  


Contents

Endnotes                                                                                                                                      2

Endnote 1—About the endnotes                                                                              2

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key                                                                                  4

Endnote 3—Legislation history                                                                               5

Endnote 4—Amendment history                                                                             8


An Act relating to the Law of Evidence

 


Endnotes

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

The endnotes provide information about this compilation and the compiled law.

The following endnotes are included in every compilation:

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

Endnote 3—Legislation history

Endnote 4—Amendment history

Abbreviation key—Endnote 2

The abbreviation key sets out abbreviations that may be used in the endnotes.

Legislation history and amendment history—Endnotes 3 and 4

Amending laws are annotated in the legislation history and amendment history.

The legislation history in endnote 3 provides information about each law that has amended (or will amend) the compiled law. The information includes commencement details for amending laws and details of any application, saving or transitional provisions that are not included in this compilation.

The amendment history in endnote 4 provides information about amendments at the provision (generally section or equivalent) level. It also includes information about any provision of the compiled law that has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law.

Editorial changes

The Legislation Act 2003 authorises First Parliamentary Counsel to make editorial and presentational changes to a compiled law in preparing a compilation of the law for registration. The changes must not change the effect of the law. Editorial changes take effect from the compilation registration date.

If the compilation includes editorial changes, the endnotes include a brief outline of the changes in general terms. Full details of any changes can be obtained from the Office of Parliamentary Counsel.

Misdescribed amendments

A misdescribed amendment is an amendment that does not accurately describe how an amendment is to be made. If, despite the misdescription, the amendment can be given effect as intended, then the misdescribed amendment can be incorporated through an editorial change made under section 15V of the Legislation Act 2003.

If a misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect as intended, the amendment is not incorporated and “(md not incorp)” is added to the amendment history.

 

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

ad = added or inserted

o = order(s)

am = amended

Ord = Ordinance

amdt = amendment

orig = original

c = clause(s)

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

C[x] = Compilation No. x

/sub‑subparagraph(s)

Ch = Chapter(s)

pres = present

def = definition(s)

prev = previous

Dict = Dictionary

(prev…) = previously

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

Pt = Part(s)

Div = Division(s)

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

ed = editorial change

reloc = relocated

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have

renum = renumbered

effect

rep = repealed

F = Federal Register of Legislation

rs = repealed and substituted

gaz = gazette

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

LA = Legislation Act 2003

Sch = Schedule(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

(md) = misdescribed amendment can be given

SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

effect

SR = Statutory Rules

(md not incorp) = misdescribed amendment

Sub‑Ch = Sub‑Chapter(s)

cannot be given effect

SubPt = Subpart(s)

mod = modified/modification

underlining = whole or part not

No. = Number(s)

commenced or to be commenced

 

Endnote 3—Legislation history

 

Act

Number and year

Assent

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

Evidence Act 1905

4, 1905

25 Aug 1905

25 Aug 1905

 

Evidence Act 1934

43, 1934

4 Aug 1934

4 Aug 1934

Statute Law Revision Act 1950

80, 1950

16 Dec 1950

First Sch: 31 Dec 1950 (s 2)

s 16, 17

Evidence Act 1956

48, 1956

30 June 1956

14 Aug 1956 (s 2)

Evidence Act 1963

28, 1963

30 May 1963

27 June 1963

Evidence Act 1964

53, 1964

30 May 1964

27 June 1964

Evidence Act 1973

80, 1973

19 June 1973

1 July 1973 (s 2 and gaz 1973, No 79)

Statute Law Revision Act 1973

216, 1973

19 Dec 1973

Sch 1: 31 Dec 1973 (s 2)

s 9(1), 10

Evidence Act 1974

31, 1974

1 Aug 1974

1 Aug 1974 (s 2)

Evidence Amendment Act 1978

14, 1978

14 Apr 1978

14 Apr 1978 (s 2)

Evidence Amendment Act 1979

139, 1979

23 Nov 1979

s 1, 2, 4: 23 Nov 1979 (s 2(1)
s 3: 21 Apr 1980 (s 2(2) and gaz 1980, No S82)

Parliamentary Joint Sittings Amendment Act 1981

39, 1981

1 May 1981

s 3: 1 May 1981 (s 2)

Census and Statistics Amendment Act (No. 2) 1981

177, 1981

8 Dec 1981

s 12 (2nd occurring), 13 (2nd occurring): 1 Mar 1983 (s 2 and gaz 1983, No S36)

s 12 (2nd occurring)

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 2) 1983

91, 1983

22 Nov 1983

s 6 and Sch 1: 20 Dec 1983 (s 2(1))

s 6(1)

Evidence Amendment Act 1985

198, 1985

16 Dec 1985

1 Sept 1986 (s 2 and gaz 1986, No S422)

Industrial Relations (Consequential Provisions) Act 1988

87, 1988

8 Nov 1988

Sch 2: 1 Mar 1989 (s 2(2) and gaz 1989, No S53)

Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 1989

11, 1990

17 Jan 1990

s 32–34: 14 Feb 1990 (s 2(1))

Trade Practices (Misuse of Trans-Tasman Market Power) Act 1990

70, 1990

16 June 1990

s 24, 25: 1 July 1990 (s 2 and gaz 1990, No S172)

Crimes Legislation Amendment Act 1991

28, 1991

4 Mar 1991

Sch 2: 4 Mar 1991 (s 2(1))

Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 1993

13, 1994

18 Jan 1994

s 40: 11 Apr 1994 (s 2(3) and gaz No S126)

Foreign Evidence (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 1994

43, 1994

15 Mar 1994

s 3, 4: 9 Apr 1994 (s 2(2))

s 4(2)

Evidence and Procedure (New Zealand) (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 1994

112, 1994

16 Sept 1994

s 3(2) and Sch: 1 Apr 1995 (s 2(2) and gaz 1995, No GN8)

s 3(2)

Evidence (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 1995

3, 1995

23 Feb 1995

s 3, 4: 23 Feb 1995 (s 2(1))

s 4

Endnote 4—Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

Part I....................................

rep No 3, 1995

Heading to Part I..................

rs No 53, 1964

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 1........................................

rep No 3, 1995

s 1A.....................................

ad No 53, 1964

 

rep No 216, 1973

s 2........................................

am No 80, 1950; No 48, 1956; No 31, 1974; No 39, 1981

 

rep No 3, 1995

Heading to Part II.................

rs No 53, 1964

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 3........................................

am No 216, 1973

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 4........................................

am No 80, 1950; No 48, 1956; No 31, 1974; No 139, 1979; No 91, 1983; No 87, 1988; No 13, 1994

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 4A.....................................

ad No 53, 1964

 

am No 216, 1973

 

rep No 3, 1995

Heading to Part III................

rs No 53, 1964

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 5........................................

rs No 53, 1964

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 6........................................

am No 91, 1983

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 7........................................

am No 28, 1963; No 31, 1974

 

rep No 3, 1995

Part IIIA...............................

ad No 14, 1978

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 7A.....................................

ad No14, 1978

 

am No 91, 1983

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 7B.....................................

ad No 14, 1978

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 7C.....................................

ad No 14, 1978

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 7D.....................................

ad No 14, 1978

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 7E.....................................

ad No 14, 1978

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 7F......................................

ad No 14, 1978

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 7G.....................................

ad No 14, 1978

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 7H.....................................

ad No 14, 1978

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 7J......................................

ad No 14, 1978

 

am No 198, 1985; No 28, 1991

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 7K.....................................

ad No 14, 1978

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 7L.....................................

ad No 14, 1978

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 7M....................................

ad No 14, 1978

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 7N.....................................

ad No 14, 1978

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 7P......................................

ad No 14, 1978

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 7Q.....................................

ad No 14, 1978

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 7R.....................................

ad No 14, 1978

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 7S......................................

ad No 14, 1978

 

rep No 3, 1995

 

am No 139, 1979

Part IIIB...............................

ad No 198, 1985

 

rep No 43, 1994

s 7T.....................................

ad No 198, 1985

 

rep No 43, 1994

s 7U.....................................

ad No 198, 1985

 

rep No 43, 1994

s 7V.....................................

ad No 198, 1985

 

rep No 43, 1994

s 7W....................................

ad No 198, 1985

 

rep No 43, 1994

s 7WA..................................

ad No 11, 1990

 

rep No 43, 1994

s 7WB..................................

ad No 11, 1990

 

rep No 43, 1994

s 7X.....................................

ad No 198, 1985

 

rep No 43, 1994

s 7Y.....................................

ad No 198, 1985

 

rep No 43, 1994

s 7Z.....................................

ad No 198, 1985

 

rep No 43, 1994

Part IIIC...............................

ad No 11, 1990

 

rep No 43, 1994

s 7ZA...................................

ad No 11, 1990

 

rep No 43, 1994

s 7ZB...................................

ad No 11, 1990

 

rep No 43, 1994

s 7ZC...................................

ad No 11, 1990

 

rep No 43, 1994

s 7ZD...................................

ad No 11, 1990

 

rep No 43, 1994

s 7ZE...................................

ad No 11, 1990

 

rep No 43, 1994

s 7ZF...................................

ad No 11, 1990

 

rep No 43, 1994

s 7ZG...................................

ad No 11, 1990

 

rep No 43, 1994

Heading to Part IV................

rs No 53, 1964

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 8........................................

rs No 80, 1973

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 9........................................

rep No 3, 1995

s 10......................................

rep No 3, 1995

s 10A...................................

ad No 43, 1934

 

am No 177, 1981

 

rep No 3, 1995

Heading to Part V.................

rs No 53, 1964

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 11......................................

rep No 3, 1995

s 11A...................................

ad No 70, 1990

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 11B...................................

rep No 112, 1994

s 11C...................................

ad No 70, 1990

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 11D...................................

rep No 112, 1994

s 11E...................................

ad No 70, 1990

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 11F....................................

am No 112, 1994

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 11G...................................

rep No 112, 1994

s 11H...................................

rep No 112, 1994

s 11J....................................

rep No 112, 1994

s 11K...................................

rep No 112, 1994

s 11L...................................

ad No 70, 1990

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 11M..................................

ad No 70, 1990

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 11N...................................

ad No 70, 1990

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 11P....................................

ad No 70, 1990

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 11Q...................................

ad No 70, 1990

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 11R...................................

ad No 70, 1990

 

rep No 3, 1995

Heading to Part VI................

rs No 53, 1964

 

rep No 3, 1995

s 12......................................

rep No 3, 1995