18 General admissibility of hearsay

(1)

A hearsay statement is admissible in any proceeding if—

(a)

the circumstances relating to the statement provide reasonable assurance that the statement is reliable; and

(b)

either—

(i)

the maker of the statement is unavailable as a witness; or

(ii)

the Judge considers that undue expense or delay would be caused if the maker of the statement were required to be a witness.

(2)

This section is subject to sections 20 and 22.