Uniform Evidence Law (ALRC Report 102)

The Final Report, Uniform Evidence Law (ALRC Report 102), completed jointly by the ALRC, NSWLRC was tabled in the Commonwealth and Victorian parliaments and released in NSW on 8 February 2006.

The primary objectives of this inquiry were twofold: to identify and address any defects in the uniform Evidence Acts; and to maintain and further the harmonisation of the laws of evidence throughout Australia.

While areas of concern were identified and addressed in the report, the Commissions concluded that a major overhaul of the uniform Evidence Acts was neither warranted nor desirable.

In addition to provisions currently in the uniform Evidence Act, the report discusses specific aspects of the policy framework of the uniform Evidence Act regime, issues relating to the receipt in court of evidence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditional laws and customs, and the relationship between the uniform Evidence Act and other legislation.