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56. Relevant evidence to be admissible

56. Relevant evidence to be admissible

(1) Except as otherwise provided by this Act, evidence that is relevant in a proceeding is admissible in the proceeding.

(2) Evidence that is not relevant in the proceeding is not admissible.

Evidence which is irrelevant is not objectionable, it is inadmissible. Under certain circumstances a failure to make an objection may entitle a court to conclude that certain facts are not in dispute. It is unclear whether waiver may apply to evidence which is not relevant in Victoria: see R v Chai [2002] NSWCCA 512 for the NSW position.


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