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Police to phone in evidence to traffic court

By Kent Spencer

Allowing police officers to phone in their testimony to traffic courts will tilt the judicial balance in favour of the government, critics said yesterday.

“In an ideal world, we wouldn’t do this,” said Simon Fraser University criminology professor Neil Boyd. “Even for a traffic ticket, it’s best if a person has the right to confront a police officer in court.”

Attorney-General Geoff Plant has announced that the pilot project will begin in October for traffic cases in Surrey, Delta and Richmond, all of which will be funneled to the new Richmond courthouse.

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