The Evidence Act (Jamaica) s.31D, which permitted the admission of an unsworn statement made out of court, where the statutory conditions were met and subject to the exercise of any relevant judicial discretion, was not inconsistent with the Constitution of Jamaica s.20(6)(d) enshrining the right to examine witnesses before the court. The law of Jamaica, properly applied, provided adequate safeguards for the rights of the defence when it was sought to admit a hearsay statement.

[2006] UKPC 2

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