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55. Admissibility of hearsay evidence

(1) Evidence shall not be excluded on the ground that it is hearsay.
(2) In this Part —
(a) "hearsay" means a written or oral statement made otherwise than by a witness giving his own first-hand evidence in proceedings, which is tendered as evidence of the matters stated and which is relied on in Court to prove the truth of the matters stated; and
(b) references to hearsay include hearsay of whatever degree.
(3) Nothing in this Part affects the admissibility of evidence which would be admissible apart from this section.
(4) The provisions of sections 56 to 60 (safeguards and supplementary provisions relating to hearsay evidence) do not apply in relation to hearsay evidence which would be admissible apart from this section, notwithstanding that it may also be admissible by virtue of this section.