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EVIDENCE ACT 1906 - SECT 32A

32A .         Derogation of privilege in civil proceedings

        (1)         This section applies only in respect of —

            (a)         civil proceedings in or before a court; and

            (b)         arbitrations; and

            (c)         civil proceedings in or before any tribunal that is not a court.

        (2)         In this section —

        privilege means privilege that would, apart from this section and the rules of court mentioned in subsection (3), attach to documents prepared for the purpose of pending or contemplated proceedings or in connection with the obtaining or giving of legal advice; and

        rules of court , without affecting the operation of section 40 of the Interpretation Act 1918 3 , includes rules, regulations, and by-laws prescribing the practice and procedure for and in relation to proceedings in respect of which this section applies.

        (3)         There shall be a derogation of privilege to the extent that rules of court applicable to expert evidence so provides.

        (4)         Without limiting any other power to make rules of court in respect of any tribunal of the kind that is referred to in subsection (1)(c), such rules of court may make provision for prescribing matters relating to expert evidence, including the disclosure, by the furnishing of copies of reports or otherwise, of the nature and substance of the expert evidence to be given, and including the exclusion of expert evidence in case of non-compliance with the rules relating to expert evidence or with any order for the disclosure of the nature and substance of expert evidence, and in relation thereto —

            (a)         for the imposition of differing requirements depending on different classes of cases, different classes of matters, or other different circumstances; and

            (b)         for the conferring of a discretionary authority.

        [Section 32A inserted: No. 111 of 1976 s. 3.]

Rules in particular cases

[ 33, 34.         Deleted: No. 70 of 1988 s. 36.]



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