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Act 2, 1883 (II) (Class 1) – Act anent Mode of Taking Evidence in Church Courts. 2nd June 1883.

The General Assembly, with consent of a majority of Presbyteries, hereby declare and enact, That in all cases in which it is necessary to lead evidence before any Court or Special Commission of this Church, it shall be lawful for such Court or Special Commission to appoint, at the joint expense of the parties, a skilled shorthand writer to take down such evidence (who shall promise to make a faithful record); that he shall read over to each witness, at the close of his evidence, what he has taken down, that said witness may say whether he admits it to be correct ; and that afterwards he shall write out in full the evidence so taken down by him, and certify the same as correct ; and the Moderator or Chairman shall also attest the same ; and the record of evidence thus attested shall be held as valid, and be proceeded upon as the evidence in the case ; and further, it shall not be competent, prior to the closing of the proof, to record reasons for any complaint or complaint s against any decision of the Court or Special Commission on the admissibility of evidence, but that when the proof has been declared closed, such reasons may be recorded.