In brief: Commission calls for change on hearsay

The Law Commission has called for the admission of hearsay evidence in courts as part of a radical change in criminal evidence rules. Commissioners want a new clear definition of hearsay which will be used when the “interests of justice require it”. Stephen Silber QC, the commissioner responsible for the project, says the move would lead to shorter trials and greater concentration on key issues. In addition, the commission's consultation paper proposes repealing section 69 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, which deals with the use of computer documents as evidence.