Perusal of statements of State witnesses (Zimbabwe)

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The High Court ruling in the case of Sithole 1996 (2) ZLR 575 (H) is important. The court decided that X is normally entitled to have access to the witness statements contained in the police docket unless the State claims privilege for this material and discharges the onus of establishing that the State interests in protecting that material from disclosure outweighs the right of X to a fair trial.

See Zimbabwe Criminal Defense Manual