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Circuit Court Rules

Order: 23

Evidence
    1. In the absence of any agreement in writing between the Solicitors for all parties, and subject to these Rules and the law of evidence, the witnesses at the trial of any action shall be examined viva voce on oath and in open Court, but the Judge may at any time for such reasons as he thinks right order that any particular fact or facts may be proved by affidavit, or that the affidavit of any witness may be read at the hearing or trial on such conditions as the Judge may think reasonable, provided that where it appears to the Judge that the other party bona fide desires the production of a witness for cross-examination, and that such witness can be produced, an order shall not be made authorising the evidence of such witness to be given by affidavit.

    2. Documents put in evidence shall be marked by an officer of the Court and, unless the Judge otherwise directs, shall be returned to the party tendering the same as soon as possible after the hearing.

    3. In any action where it shall appear necessary for the purposes of justice, an order may be made for the examination upon oath before the Court, or before any officer in the Office and nominated by the County Registrar, or by the Judge, or before any other suitable person, and at any convenient place, of any witness or person, and the order may empower any party to any such action, proceeding, or matter, to give such examination or deposition in evidence therein on such terms, if any, as the Judge may direct.