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Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 1998
Schedule 6 Amendment of the Evidence Act 1995

   

1  Section 5 (table)

After:

Section 155

Official records

insert:

Section 155A

Commonwealth documents

2  Section 5 (table)

Omit “Commonwealth records”, substitute “Commonwealth records, postal articles sent by Commonwealth agencies and certain Commonwealth documents”.

3  At the end of section 47

Add:

Note:          Section 182 gives this section a wider application in relation to Commonwealth records and certain Commonwealth documents.

4  Paragraph 48(4)(b)

Omit “adducing oral evidence”, substitute “adducing from a witness evidence”.

5  Section 48 (note)

Omit “Note”, substitute “Note 1”.

6  At the end of section 48

Add:

Note 2:       Section 182 gives this section a wider application in relation to Commonwealth records and certain Commonwealth documents.

7  At the end of section 49

Add:

Note:          Section 182 gives this section a wider application in relation to Commonwealth records and certain Commonwealth documents.

8  Paragraph 50(1)(b)

Omit “volume and complexity”, substitute “volume or complexity”.

9  Section 51 (at the end of the note)

Add “and certain Commonwealth documents”.

10  At the end of subsection 59(2) (before the note)

Add:

             (3)  Subsection (1) does not apply to evidence of a representation contained in a certificate or other document given or made under regulations made under an Act other than this Act to the extent to which the regulations provide that the certificate or other document has evidentiary effect.

11  Paragraph 63(2)(a)

Omit “oral”.

12  Paragraph 64(2)(a)

Omit “oral”.

13  Paragraph 65(8)(a)

Omit “oral”.

14  At the end of section 76 (before the note)

Add:

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply to evidence of an opinion contained in a certificate or other document given or made under regulations made under an Act other than this Act to the extent to which the regulations provide that the certificate or other document has evidentiary effect.

15  Paragraph 82(a)

Omit “orally”.

16  Section 147 (at the end of the note)

Add “and certain Commonwealth documents”.

17  Section 149 (at the end of the note)

Add “and certain Commonwealth documents”.

18  Section 152 (at the end of the note)

Add “and certain Commonwealth documents”.

19  After section 155

Insert:

155A   Evidence of Commonwealth documents

             (1)  Evidence of a Commonwealth document may be adduced by producing a document that purports to be, or to be a copy of or extract from, the Commonwealth document that is certified to be the Commonwealth document, or to be a true copy or extract, as the case may be, by:

                     (a)  a Minister; or

                     (b)  a person who might reasonably be supposed to have custody of the Commonwealth document.

             (2)  If such a document is produced, it is presumed, unless evidence that is sufficient to raise doubt about the presumption is adduced, that:

                     (a)  the document is the Commonwealth document, or the copy of or extract from the Commonwealth document, that it purports to be; and

                     (b)  the Minister or person certified the document as being the Commonwealth document or a true copy or extract, as the case requires.

Note 1:       The NSW Act has no equivalent provision for section 155A.

Note 2:       Section 5 extends the application of this section to proceedings in all Australian courts.

20  Section 160 (at the end of the note)

Omit “Commonwealth records”, substitute “postal articles sent by a Commonwealth agency”.

21  Subsection 163(2) (definition of Commonwealth agency )

Repeal the definition.

22  Division 1 of Part 4.6 (at the end of the note to the heading)

Add “and certain Commonwealth documents”.

23  Division 2 of Part 4.6 (at the end of the note to the heading)

Add “and certain Commonwealth documents”.

24  After subsection 182(4)

Insert:

          (4A)  Section 160 applies in relation to postal articles sent by a Commonwealth agency as if that section applied to the extent provided for in section 5.

          (4B)  Sections 47, 48, 49, 51, 147, 149 and 152, Divisions 1 and 2 of Part 4.6 and section 183 apply in relation to a Commonwealth document that:

                     (a)  is in the possession of a Commonwealth entity; or

                     (b)  has been destroyed but was, immediately before its destruction, in the possession of a Commonwealth entity or someone else to whom it had been given by a Commonwealth entity for destruction;

as if the section or Division applied to the extent provided for in section 5.

25  Subsection 182(1) (table)

Omit “160,”.

26  Subsection 182(1) (table)

Omit “Postal articles, telexes”, substitute “Telexes”.

Note:       The heading to section 182 is altered by adding at the end “, postal articles sent by Commonwealth agencies and certain Commonwealth documents ”.

27  Section 183 (at the end of the note)

Add “and certain Commonwealth documents”.

28  Part 1 of the Dictionary at the end of the Act

Insert:

Commonwealth agency means:

                     (a)  a Department within the meaning of the Public Service Act 1922 ; or

                     (b)  a House of the Parliament; or

                     (c)  a person or body holding office, or exercising power, under or because of the Constitution or a law of the Commonwealth; or

                     (d)  a body or organisation, whether incorporated or unincorporated, established for a public purpose:

                              (i)  by or under a law of the Commonwealth or of a Territory (other than the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory or Norfolk Island); or

                             (ii)  by the Governor-General; or

                            (iii)  by a Minister.

29  Part 1 of the Dictionary at the end of the Act

Insert:

Commonwealth document means:

                     (a)  a document in the nature of a form, application, claim or return, or any document of a similar kind, that has, in accordance with a Commonwealth law, or in connection with the provision of money or any other benefit or advantage by the Commonwealth, been filed or lodged with a Commonwealth entity or given or sent (including sent by a form of electronic transmission) to a Commonwealth entity; and

                     (b)  any of the following documents:

                              (i)  a report of the crew and passengers on a ship or aircraft that has been communicated to the Australian Customs Service under section 64AC of the Customs Act 1901 ;

                             (ii)  a ship’s inward cargo adjustment report delivered to an officer under subregulation 46(3) of the Customs Regulations;

                            (iii)  an entry made under the Customs Act 1901 or Excise Act 1901 in relation to goods;

                            (iv)  a form or statement given to a Collector under regulation 41 of the Customs Regulations;

                             (v)  a passenger card given to an officer under subregulation 3.01(3) of the Migration Regulations;

                            (vi)  a report referred to in section 46 of the Ozone Protection Act 1989 that has been given under that section to the Minister administering that Act;

                           (vii)  any other document prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this paragraph.

30  Part 1 of the Dictionary at the end of the Act

Insert:

Commonwealth entity means:

                     (a)  a Department within the meaning of the Public Service Act 1922 ; or

                     (b)  the Parliament, a House of the Parliament, a committee of a House of the Parliament or a committee of the Parliament; or

                     (c)  a person or body other than a Legislative Assembly holding office, or exercising power, under or because of the Constitution or a law of the Commonwealth; or

                     (d)  a body or organisation other than a Legislative Assembly, whether incorporated or unincorporated, established for a public purpose:

                              (i)  by or under a law of the Commonwealth or of a Territory (other than the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory or Norfolk Island); or

                             (ii)  by the Governor-General; or

                            (iii)  by a Minister; or

                     (e)  any other body or organisation that is a Commonwealth owned body corporate.



 

Schedule 7 Amendment of the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976

   

1  Subsection 25(3)

Omit “, other than an additional Judge,”.

2  At the end of section 44

Add:

             (2)  The Registrar may, by writing signed by him or her, authorise:

                     (a)  a Deputy Registrar, a District Registrar or a Deputy District Registrar of the Court; or

                     (b)  a member of the Staff of a Registry of the Court;

to administer oaths and affirmations for the purposes of the Court.

3  Subsection 45(1)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (1)  An affidavit to be used in a proceeding in the Court may be sworn within the Commonwealth or a Territory before:

                     (a)  a Judge of the Court, the Registrar, a Deputy Registrar, a District Registrar, a justice of the peace, a commissioner for affidavits or a commissioner for declarations; or

                     (b)  a person not mentioned in paragraph (a) who is authorised to administer oaths for the purposes of the Court or for the purposes of the High Court or the Supreme Court of a State or Territory.

4  Subsection 60(1)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (1)  The Governor-General may make regulations prescribing matters:

                     (a)  required or permitted by this Act to be prescribed; or

                     (b)  necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act;

and, in particular, prescribing the fees to be paid in respect of proceedings in the Court or the service or execution of the process of the Court by officers of the Court.



 

Schedule 8 Amendment of the High Court of Australia Act 1979

   

1  After section 48

Insert:

49   Regulations

                   The Governor-General may make regulations prescribing matters:

                     (a)  required or permitted by this Act to be prescribed; or

                     (b)  necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.



 

Schedule 9 Amendment of the Judges’ Pensions Act 1968

   

1  Subsection 4(1) (after paragraph (ab) of the definition of prior judicial service )

Insert:

                    (ac)  service as a Judge or acting Judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory;



 

Schedule 10 Amendment of the Judiciary Act 1903

   

1  At the end of paragraph 39B(1A)(c)

Add “, other than a matter in respect of which a criminal prosecution is instituted or any other criminal matter”.

2  Subsection 55B(10) (definition of federal-type jurisdiction )

Omit all the words from and including “include:”, substitute “include jurisdiction conferred on the court under an Act providing for the acceptance, administration or government of that Territory.”.

3  Subsection 68(3)

After “except by”, insert “a Judge,”.

4  Application

The amendment made by item 3 applies in respect of proceedings pending at the commencement of that item as well as proceedings instituted after that commencement.



 

Schedule 11 Amendment of the Jury Exemption Act 1965

   

1  Schedule

Omit:

Members of the Tariff Board

Commonwealth Police Officers and special Commonwealth Police Officers

substitute:

Members and special members of the Australian Federal Police



 

Schedule 12 Amendment of the Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 1997

   

1  Item 2 of Schedule 9

Omit “on the second”, substitute “the second”.



 

Schedule 13 Amendment of the Marriage Act 1961

   

1  Subsection 51(2A)

Omit “part”, substitute “Part”.



 

 

Schedule 14 Amendment of the Workplace Relations and Other Legislation Amendment Act 1996

   

1  Item 28 of Schedule 16

Repeal the item, substitute:

28  Section 4 (definition of judge ), subsection 6(5), sections 7, 8 and 9, subsection 15(1), sections 16, 18A, 18B, 18C, 18D, 18F, 18G, 18J, 18L, 18M, 18N, 18S, 18T, 18U, 18W, 18Y, 20, 25, 32ZF, 35, 36, 37E, 37L, 53AA and 53AB and the Schedule

Omit “Chief Judge” (wherever occurring), substitute “Chief Justice”.

Note:       The headings to sections 7 and 18W are altered by omitting “ Chief Judge ” and substituting “ Chief Justice ”.

2  Item 60 of Schedule 16

Omit “or of a”, substitute “or a”.

 

 

(225/98)

 

 

 

 

[ Minister’s second reading speech made in—

House of Representatives on 3 December 1998

Senate on 9 August 1999 ]