Family Law (Divorce) Act, 1996

Amendment of Criminal Evidence Act, 1992.

49.Section 20 of the Criminal Evidence Act, 1992 , is hereby amended in section 20—

(a) by the insertion of the following definition:

“‘decree of divorce’ means a decree under section 5 of the Family Law (Divorce) Act, 1996 or any decree that was granted under the law of a country or jurisdiction other than the State and is recognised in the State;”,


(b) by the substitution of the following definition for the definition of former spouse:

“‘former spouse’ includes a person who, in respect of his or her marriage to an accused—

(a) has been granted a decree of judicial separation, or

(b) has entered into a separation agreement, or

(c) has been granted a decree of divorce;”.