Criminal Justice Act, 1999

Certificate evidence relating to custody of exhibits.

30.—(1) In any criminal proceedings, a certificate purporting to be signed by a member of the Garda Síochána and stating that the member had custody of an exhibit at a specified place or for a specified period or purpose shall be admissible as evidence of the matters stated in the certificate.

(2) In any criminal proceedings, the court may—

(a) if it considers that the interests of justice so require, direct that oral evidence be given of the matters stated in a certificate under this section, and

(b) adjourn the proceedings to a later date for the purpose of receiving the oral evidence.

(3) A certificate under this section shall be tendered in evidence by a member of the Garda Síochána not below the rank of sergeant.

(4) The Minister may, by regulations, prescribe the form of a certificate under this section.