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Evidence (Fax Machines)

Volume 174: debated on Thursday 14 June 1990

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To ask the Attorney-General whether there is any proposal to make provision, in relation to the Supreme Court for the admissibility of evidence from solicitors of documents in evidence via fax machines; and if he will make a statement.

There are currently no proposals to make provision in the Supreme Court, for the admissibility of evidence from solicitors of documents in evidence via fax machines.Fax copies are unsuited for use as part of the permanent court record because of their tendency to fade. The question of filing court documents by fax will be kept under review, in particular whether technological advances will make fax copies suitable as permanent documents.