Clause 83 - Case where person has not been convicted

Part of Extradition Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:15 pm on 14th January 2003.

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Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department 3:15 pm, 14th January 2003

The judge must be satisfied that the evidence that he is using to take a decision is bona fide, authentic and appropriate. If he is not satisfied, he has unhindered discretion not to allow it as evidence. It is a matter for the judge. Should we restrict his discretion and say that hearsay evidence cannot be accepted in any circumstances because it makes us feel dreadfully uncomfortable, or should we allow the judge to hear the evidence in certain circumstances? That is the question that members of the Committee must decide.