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Evidence Regulations 1995

Authoritative Version
SR 1995 No. 44 Regulations as amended, taking into account amendments up to SLI 2008 No. 257
Administered by: Attorney-General's
Registered 05 Jan 2009
Start Date 01 Jan 2009
End Date 03 Mar 2010
Date of repeal 08 Dec 2018
Repealed by Evidence Regulations 2018

Evidence Regulations 1995

Statutory Rules 1995 No. 44 as amended

made under the

This compilation was prepared on 1 January 2009
taking into account amendments up to SLI 2008 No. 257

Prepared by the Office of Legislative Drafting and Publishing,
Attorney‑General’s Department, Canberra


Contents

                        1     Name of Regulations [see Note 1]                                     3

                        2     Commencement                                                              3

                        3     Interpretation                                                                   3

                        4     Operation of other Acts                                                    3

                        5     Exceptions to hearsay rule — notices of previous representations       4

                        6     The tendency rule and the coincidence rule — form of notices 5

                        7     Privilege against self‑incrimination — form of certificate       6

                      7A     State and Territory provisions about certificates for subsection 128 (12) of Act  6

                        8     Fingerprint evidence of identity — affidavits by State or Territory police officers  7

                        9     Fingerprint evidence of identity — affidavits by Australian Federal Police officers           7

                       10     State and Territory laws for certain definitions in Act           7

Schedule                Forms                                                                            9

Form 1                     Certificate under section 128 of the Evidence Act 1995        9

Form 2                     Affidavit of member of State or Territory police force concerning fingerprints      10

Form 3                     Affidavit of member of Australian Federal Police concerning fingerprints            12

Notes                                                                                                          14

 


  

  

1              Name of Regulations [see Note 1]

                These Regulations are the Evidence Regulations 1995.

2              Commencement

                These Regulations commence on 18 April 1995.

3              Interpretation

         (1)   In these Regulations, unless the contrary intention appears:

Act means the Evidence Act 1995.

address includes a private, business or official address.

notice of previous representation means a notice given under subsection 67 (1) of the Act.

notifying party, in relation to a notice, means the person giving the notice.

Note   For notices of previous representation, see regulation 5.

         (2)   In these Regulations, a reference to a Form by number is a reference to the Form of that number set out in the Schedule.

Note   Section 25C of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 (‘the Interpretation Act’) provides:

‘25C.    Where an Act prescribes a form, then, unless the contrary intention appears, strict compliance with the form is not required and substantial compliance is sufficient.’.

†The effect of subsection 46 (1) of the Interpretation Act is that provisions in the Interpretation Act concerning Acts apply also to instruments — including regulations — made under an Act. Accordingly, section 25C applies to relevant provisions of these Regulations.

4              Operation of other Acts

                For paragraph 8 (4) (a) of the Act, the following provisions of the Evidence Act 1971 (ACT) are specified:

                (a)    Part 1;

               (b)    sections 63A, 68A and 72.

5              Exceptions to hearsay rule — notices of previous representations

         (1)   This regulation is made for the purpose of section 67 of the Act.

         (2)   A notice of previous representation must state:

                (a)    subject to subregulation (6), the substance of evidence of a previous representation that the notifying party intends to adduce; and

               (b)    the substance of all other relevant representations made by the person who made that previous representation, so far as they are known to the notifying party; and

                (c)    particulars of:

                          (i)    the date, time, place and circumstances at or in which each of the representations mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b) was made; and

                         (ii)    the names of the persons by whom, and the persons to whom, each of those representations was made; and

                         (iii)    in a civil proceeding — the address of each person so named;

                        so far as they are known to the notifying party.

         (3)   If a notifying party intends to rely on any of paragraphs 63 (2) (a) or (b), 65 (2) (a), (b), (c) or (d), 65 (3) (a) or (b) or 65 (8) (a) or (b) of the Act, the party’s notice of previous representation must state particulars of the facts on the basis of which it is alleged that the person who made a representation referred to in the notice is not available to testify concerning the fact to be proved by adducing evidence of that representation.

         (4)   If a notifying party intends to rely on paragraph 64 (2) (a) or (b) of the Act, the party’s notice of previous representation must state particulars of the facts that the party will rely on to establish the grounds specified in subsection 64 (2) of the Act.

         (5)   If a notice of previous representation refers to a previous representation that is in writing:

                (a)    a copy of the document, or of the relevant portion of the document, containing the representation must be attached to the notice; and

               (b)    the notice must identify the document unless:

                          (i)    a copy of the document is attached to the notice; and

                         (ii)    the identity of the document is apparent on the face of the copy.

         (6)   Where a copy of a document, or of a portion of a document, is attached to a notice it is a sufficient compliance for the purposes of paragraph (2) (a) to specify in the notice, or in the copy of a document or portion of a document attached to the notice, the representation evidence of which the notifying party intends to adduce.

         (7)   On the application of a party in a criminal proceeding, the court may make an order directing the notifying party to disclose the address of any person named in a notice of previous representation.

         (8)   The direction may be given on the terms the court considers appropriate.

6              The tendency rule and the coincidence rule — form of notices

         (1)   This regulation is made for the purpose of section 99 of the Act.

         (2)   A notice given under subsection 97 (1) of the Act (relating to the tendency rule) must state:

                (a)    the substance of the evidence of the kind referred to in that subsection that the party giving the notice intends to adduce; and

               (b)    if that evidence consists of, or includes, evidence of the conduct of a person, particulars of:

                          (i)    the date, time, place and circumstances at or in which the conduct occurred; and

                         (ii)    the names of each person who saw, heard or otherwise perceived the conduct; and

                         (iii)    in a civil proceeding — the address of each person so named;

                        so far as they are known to the notifying party.

         (3)   A notice given under subsection 98 (1) of the Act (relating to the ‘coincidence’ rule) must state:

                (a)    the substance of the evidence of the occurrence of 2 or more related events that the party giving the notice intends to adduce; and

               (b)    particulars of:

                          (i)    the date, time, place and circumstances at or in which each of those events occurred; and

                         (ii)    the names of each person who saw, heard or otherwise perceived each of those events; and

                         (iii)    in a civil proceeding — the address of each person so named;

                        so far as they are known to the notifying party.

         (4)   On the application of a party in a criminal proceeding, the court may make an order directing the notifying party to disclose the address of any person named in a notice mentioned in this regulation.

         (5)   The direction may be given on the terms the court considers appropriate.

7              Privilege against self‑incrimination — form of certificate

         (1)   A certificate under section 128 of the Act may be in accordance with Form 1.

         (2)   A certificate is not liable to be called into question by reason of its non‑compliance with Form 1.

7A           State and Territory provisions about certificates for subsection 128 (12) of Act

                For paragraph 128 (13) (b) of the Act, the following provisions are prescribed for subsection 128 (12) of the Act:

                (a)    section 11 of the Evidence Act 1906 (WA);

               (b)    section 128 of the Evidence Act 2001 (Tas).

8              Fingerprint evidence of identity — affidavits by State or Territory police officers

                For the purposes of paragraph 179 (1) (a) of the Act, Form 2 is prescribed.

9              Fingerprint evidence of identity — affidavits by Australian Federal Police officers

                For the purposes of paragraph 180 (1) (a) of the Act, Form 3 is prescribed.

10            State and Territory laws for certain definitions in Act

         (1)   For the definitions of Australian lawyer, Australian legal practitioner and Australian practising certificate in Part 1 of the Dictionary at the end of the Act, the following laws are specified:

                (a)    Legal Profession Act 2004 (NSW);

               (b)    Legal Profession Act 2004 (Vic);

                (c)    Legal Profession Act 2007 (Qld);

               (d)    Legal Practice Act 2003 (WA);

                (e)    Legal Practitioners Act 1981 (SA);

                (f)    Legal Profession Act 2007 (Tas);

                (g)    Legal Profession Act 2006 (ACT);

                (h)    Legal Profession Act (NT).

         (2)   For the definition of Australian‑registered foreign lawyer in Part 1 of the Dictionary at the end of the Act, the following laws are specified:

                (a)    Legal Profession Act 2004 (NSW);

               (b)    Legal Profession Act 2004 (Vic);

                (c)    Legal Profession Act 2007 (Qld);

               (d)    Legal Practice Act 2003 (WA);

                (e)    Legal Profession Act 2007 (Tas);

                (f)    Legal Profession Act 2006 (ACT);

                (g)    Legal Profession Act (NT).


Schedule           Forms

(subregulation 3 (2))

Form 1        Certificate under section 128 of the Evidence Act 1995

(regulation 7)

[Set out heading to action or matter]

Certificate under section 128 of the
Evidence Act 1995

This Court certifies under section 128 of the Evidence Act 1995 of the Commonwealth that evidence given in these proceedings by [state name of witness] on [state date or dates], a record of which is attached to this certificate*, is evidence to which subsection 128 (7) of that Act applies.

*a transcript, or other record, of the evidence is to be attached to this certificate, and duly authenticated by the court or its proper officer

Dated:                       .

L.S.

(affix seal)

Judge or magistrate of the Court

Note   Subsection 128 (7) of the Evidence Act 1995 provides as follows:

‘(7)       In any proceeding in an Australian court:

(a)     evidence given by a person in respect of which a certificate under this section has been given; and

(b)    evidence of any information, document or thing obtained as a direct or indirect consequence of the person having given evidence;

cannot be used against the person. However, this does not apply to a criminal proceeding in respect of the falsity of the evidence.’.

Form 2        Affidavit of member of State or Territory police force concerning fingerprints

(regulation 8)

Section 179 of the Evidence Act 1995

Affidavit of member of State or Territory police force concerning fingerprints

[Set out heading to action or matter]

I, [name of deponent] of [address of deponent], a member of the police force of [State or Territory] make oath and say*/affirm*:

1.         I am a fingerprint expert for the police force of [State or Territory].

2.       I have examined the fingerprint card marked for identification with the letter ‘A’.

3.       I have compared the fingerprints shown on that card with the fingerprints shown on the fingerprint card in the records held by the police force of [State or Territory] showing the fingerprints of [name of person and alias, if any].

4.       The fingerprints on those cards are identical.

5.       According to the records of the police force of [State or Territory], which I believe to be accurate, [name of person] was convicted in that State*/Territory* of the following offences:

6.       Annexed to this affidavit and marked with the letters [insert an alphabetical sequence of letters, commencing at ‘B’, corresponding to the number of annexures], are certified copies or certificates of conviction for each of those convictions.

7.       From an examination of the records referred to above, I believe that the person referred to in each annexed certified copy or certificate as having been convicted of the offence stated in it is identical with the person whose fingerprints are shown on the fingerprint cards referred to in paragraph 3 of this affidavit.

SWORN*/AFFIRMED*

by the deponent at [place]

this                   day

of [month and year]                .

Before me:

(signature)

 

(signature)

 

 

 

A Justice of the Peace*/notary public*/lawyer*/person authorised to take affidavits in the Australian Capital Territory*.

 

Deponent

*delete as appropriate

 

 

Form 3        Affidavit of member of Australian Federal Police concerning fingerprints

(regulation 9)

 

Affidavit of member of Australian Federal Police concerning fingerprints

[Set out heading to action or matter]

I, [name of deponent] of [address of deponent], a member*/special member*/staff member* of the Australian Federal Police of, make oath and say*/affirm*:

1.      I am a fingerprint expert for the Australian Federal Police.

2.      I have examined the fingerprint card marked for identification with the letter ‘A’.

3.      I have compared the fingerprints shown on that card with the fingerprints shown on the fingerprint card in the records held by the Australian Federal Police showing the fingerprints of [name of person and alias, if any].

4.      The fingerprints on those cards are identical.

5.      According to the records of the Australian Federal Police, which I believe to be accurate, [name of person] was convicted of the following offences against a law of the Commonwealth:

6.      Annexed to this affidavit, and marked with the letters [insert an alphabetical sequence of letters, commencing at ‘B’, corresponding to the number of annexures], are certified copies or certificates of conviction for each of those convictions.

7.      From an examination of the records referred to above, I believe that the person referred to in each annexed certified copy or certificate as having been convicted of the offence stated in it is identical with the person whose fingerprints are shown on the fingerprint cards referred to in paragraph 3 of this affidavit.

SWORN*/AFFIRMED*

by the deponent at [place]

this                               day

of [month and year]                .

Before me:

(signature)

 

(signature)

 

 

 

A Justice of the Peace*/notary public*/lawyer*/person authorised to take affidavits in the Australian Capital Territory*.

 

Deponent

*delete as appropriate

 

 


Notes to the Evidence Regulations 1995

Note 1

The Evidence Regulations 1995 (in force under the Evidence Act 1995) as shown in this compilation comprise Statutory Rules 1995 No. 44 amended as indicated in the Tables below.

Table of Instruments

Year and
number

Date of notification
in Gazette or FRLI registration

Date of
commencement

Application, saving or
transitional provisions

1995 No. 44

14 Mar 1995

18 Apr 1995

 

1996 No. 202

17 Sept 1996

17 Sept 1996

1998 No. 17

25 Feb 1998

25 Feb 1998

2008 No. 257

18 Dec 2008 (see F2008L04611)

1 Jan 2009 (see r. 2)

Table of Amendments

ad. = added or inserted      am. = amended      rep. = repealed      rs. = repealed and substituted

Provision affected

How affected

R. 1.........................................

rs. 2008 No. 257

R. 3.........................................

am. 1998 No. 17

R. 4.........................................

am. 1996 No. 202

 

rs. 2008 No. 257

Rr. 5, 6...................................

am. 1998 No. 17

R. 7A.......................................

ad. 2008 No. 257

R. 10.......................................

ad. 2008 No. 257

Forms 1–3.........................

1995 No. 44