The following Corporate Crime guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
The Criminal Justice Act 2003 (CJA 2003) radically reformed the common law rules relating to the admissibility of hearsay evidence, see further Practice Note: Admissibility of hearsay evidence in criminal proceedings.
Several common law exceptions to the rule against hearsay, however, are expressly preserved by CJA 2003.
The common law exceptions are
reputation as to character
reputation and family tradition
admissions by agents
Notice to introduce hearsay evidence admissible under one of the common law exceptions is not required under the Criminal Procedure Rules 2015 (CrimPR), SI 2015/1490, Pt 20 as amended.
Under CJA 2003, 'public information', is defined as:
published works dealing with matters of a public nature, eg histories, scientific works, dictionaries and maps
public documents, eg public registers
records, eg records of certain courts, treaties, Crown grants, pardons and commissions
evidence relating to a person's age or date or place of birth
In Sturla v Freccia it was held that in order to fall within the public information exception, the document must:
concern a public matter
be made by a person under a duty to inquire into the matter and record the findings of that inquiry, and
be retained so that the public might refer to it or inspect it
**excludes LexisPSL Practice Compliance, Practice Management and Risk and Compliance. To discuss trialling these LexisPSL services please email customer service via our online form. Free trials are only available to individuals based in the UK. We may terminate this trial at any time or decide not to give a trial, for any reason. Trial includes one question to LexisAsk during the length of the trial.
To view the latest version of this document and thousands of others like it, sign-in to LexisPSL or register for a free trial.
Existing user? Sign-in
Take a free trial
Take a free trial
0330 161 1234