Evidence of Alibi Act (Northern Ireland) 1972

Document Number:1972 CHAPTER 6
Coming into force:Coming into force on the 01/01/2006


An Act to amend the law relating to the giving in criminal proceedings of evidence in support of alibis; and for connected purposes.

[22 nd February 1972]


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F1 prosp. rep. by 1996 c.25

1 Notice of alibi.N.I.

(1) The accused shall not without the leave of the court on the trial of any offence adduce evidence, or call any witness to give evidence, in support of an alibi unless he gives notice of particulars of the alibi in accordance with subsection (2)—

(a) in the case of a trial on indictment, subject to paragraph ( b) , within seven days from the end of the committal proceedings or, if the trial is to commence within the seven days, not later than twenty-four hours after the end of the committal proceedings;

[F2(aa) in a case where a notice of transfer has been given under Article 3 of the Criminal Justice (Serious Fraud) (Northern Ireland) Order 1988[F3 (serious and complex fraud) or under Article 4 of the Children's Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 (certain cases involving children)], within seven days from the day on which that notice is given;]

Para.(b) rep. by 1978 c.23

(c) in the case of a summary trial, not later than the commencement of the trial and the prosecutor shall be entitled to an adjournment of the proceedings if the notice is given less than three days before such commencement.

(2) For the purposes of this section a notice of particulars of an alibi is a notice which—

(a) gives particulars of the alibi;

(b) gives the name and address of each witness to be called in support of the alibi or, if the name or address of any witness is not known to the accused at the time that he gives the notice, any information in his possession which might be of material assistance in finding the witness.

(3) A notice of particulars of an alibi shall not be deemed to comply...

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