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The evidence of the complainant, NOC, has been pre-recorded at what is called a "special hearing". This is a routine practice in cases where the complainant [is under the age of 18 / has a cognitive impairment]. As a matter of law, you must not draw any inference adverse to the accused from the fact that NOC’s evidence has been pre-recorded, and you must not give his/her evidence any greater or lesser weight. You must treat NOC’s evidence in exactly the same way that you treat the evidence of any other witness in these proceedings.
Last updated: 13 April 2010