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Are conversation recordings permitted in court?

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06 Apr 12 #322042 by Joe2020
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I''m pretty sure they are not especially when one of the two parties does not know they were being recorded.

However if someone leaves a message on an answer machine then they are fully aware they are being recorded so can this be used in court?

On the other hand, can you get a solicitor to listen to a recording and confirm briefly the main points of the conversation in a letter and use this in court?

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06 Apr 12 #322057 by Emma8485
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Depends in what context I think Joe. One of my partners letters to his exes solicitor included details of a voicemail she left him and then she referred to it in her statement as well and no one told him off

Not sure if that helps or not!

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06 Apr 12 #322072 by WYSPECIAL
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Usually you need to know that the message is being recorded and may be used in evidence for it to be admissible.

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06 Apr 12 #322075 by sexysadie
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I am pretty sure that it is illegal to record anyone without informing them first so any recording made this way would be inadmissable as a result.

However, we did have someone on here in the early days whose husband had provoked rows with her, recorded them and then spliced sections of the recordings together to make it sound as though she were just threatening him out of the blue. He was a sound engineer by profession so very good at it. I think these were at least part of his successful non-molestation order against her but I have no idea how he got away with it. It was a particular bizzare case anyway as he accused her of doing things at times when she could prove she was elsewhere, but the judge believed his famous musician friends'' tesimony over her documentary evidence.

Best wishes,
Sadie

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06 Apr 12 #322081 by new2newport
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Can only be used in Child Contact matters without their consent.. As I discovered

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06 Apr 12 #322092 by ozzywiz
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im sure i read somwere that it can be included in the statment but must be all typed out exactly word for word and not audioble.

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