Hearsay in Civil and Criminal Cases: The Law Reform Commission‘s Role 

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Hearsay in Civil and Criminal Cases

(LRC CP 60 – 2010)


(LRC CP 60 - 2010)

Law Reform Commission

March 2010 ISSN 1393-3140

THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION‘S ROLE The Law Reform Commission is an independent statutory body established by the Law Reform Commission Act 1975. The Commission‘s principal role is to keep the law under review and to make proposals for reform, in particular by recommending the enactment of legislation to clarify and modernise the law. Since it was established, the Commission has published over 150 documents (Consultation Papers and Reports) containing proposals for law reform and these are all available at www.lawreform.ie. Most of these proposals have led to reforming legislation. The Commission‘s role is carried out primarily under a Programme of Law Reform. Its Third Programme of Law Reform 2008-2014 was prepared by the Commission following broad consultation and discussion. In accordance with the 1975 Act, it was approved by the Government in December 2007 and placed before both Houses of the Oireachtas. The Commission also works on specific matters referred to it by the Attorney General under the 1975 Act. Since 2006, the Commission‘s role includes two other areas of activity, Statute Law Restatement and the Legislation Directory. Statute Law Restatement involves the administrative consolidation of all amendments to an Act into a single text, making legislation more accessible. Under the Statute Law (Restatement) Act 2002, where this text is certified by the Attorney General it can be relied on as evidence of the law in question. The Legislation Directory - previously called the Chronological Tables of the Statutes - is a searchable annotated guide to legislative changes. After the Commission took over responsibility for this important resource, it decided to change the name to Legislation Directory to indicate its function more clearly.


MEMBERSHIP The Law Reform Commission consists of a President, one full-time Commissioner and three part-time Commissioners. The Commissioners at present are: President: The Hon Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness Former Judge of the Supreme Court Full-time Commissioner: Patricia T. Rickard-Clarke, Solicitor Part-time Commissioner: Professor Finbarr McAuley Part-time Commissioner: Marian Shanley, Solicitor Part-time Commissioner: Mr Justice Donal O‘Donnell, Judge of the Supreme Court


LAW REFORM RESEARCH STAFF Director of Research: Raymond Byrne BCL, LLM (NUI), Barrister-at-Law Legal Researchers: John P Byrne BCL, LLM, PhD (NUI), Barrister-at-Law Chris Campbell B Corp Law, LLB Diop Sa Gh (NUI) Siobhan Drislane BCL, LLM (NUI) Gemma Ní Chaoimh BCL, LLM (NUI) Bríd Nic Suibhne BA, LLB, LLM (TCD), Diop sa Gh (NUI) Jane O‗Grady BCL, LLB (NUI), LPC (College of Law) Gerard Sadlier BCL (NUI) Joseph Spooner BCL (Law with French Law) (NUI), BCL (Oxon) Dip. Fr and Eur Law (Paris II) Ciara Staunton BCL, LLM (NUI), Diop sa Gh (NUI)

STATUTE LAW RESTATEMENT Project Manager for Restatement: Alma Clissmann BA (Mod), LLB, Dip Eur Law (Bruges), Solicitor Legal Researchers: Catriona Moloney BCL (NUI), LLM (Public Law) LEGISLATION DIRECTORY Project Manager for Legislation Directory: Heather Mahon LLB (ling. Ger.), M.Litt, Barrister-at-Law Legal Researchers: Rachel Kemp BCL (Law and German), LLM (NUI)



Executive Officers: Deirdre Bell Simon Fallon Darina Moran Peter Trainor Legal Information Manager: Conor Kennedy BA, H Dip LIS Cataloguer: Eithne Boland BA (Hons), HDip Ed, HDip LIS Clerical Officers: Ann Browne Ann Byrne Liam Dargan Sabrina Kelly PRINCIPAL LEGAL RESEARCHER FOR THIS CONSULTATION PAPER Jane O'Grady BCL, LLB (NUI), LPC (College of Law)


CONTACT DETAILS Further information can be obtained from: Law Reform Commission 35-39 Shelbourne Road Ballsbridge Dublin 4 Telephone: +353 1 637 7600 Fax:...
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