Evidence Act 2006

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Reprint as at 29 June 2009

Evidence Act 2006

Public Act2006 No 69
Date of assent4 December 2006
Commencementsee section 2


Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.



Purpose, principles, and matters of general application


Evidence of veracity

Evidence of propensity

Complainants in sexual cases

Matters relating to interpretation and procedure




Directions about child complainants’ evidence

Giving of evidence by undercover constables

Giving of evidence by anonymous witnesses

Signature of statements by assumed name

General and special rules

Special rules applying where no requirement for legalisation of foreign public document

Special rules relating to public documents admissible under Australian law

Interpretation and application

Service of and compliance with New Zealand subpoenas in Australia

Service of and compliance with Australian subpoenas in New Zealand

Video link and telephone conferences in New Zealand proceedings

Video link and telephone conferences in Australian proceedings

Enforcement of Australian orders

Evidence for use in civil proceedings overseas

Procedure for taking evidence overseas for use in civil proceedings in High Court



Periodic review of operation of Act

Transitional provisions

Repeal and amendments

Reprint notes