CHAPTER 236

WITNESSES AND EVIDENCE PROVIDING THAT PHOTOGRAPHIC, MICROPHOTOGRAPHIC AND PHOTOSTATIC COPIES SHALL BE COMPETENT BUSINESS RECORDS

AN ACT AMENDING ARTICLE 4 OF CHAPTER 129 OF THE REVISED CODE OF DELAWARE, 1935, RELATING TO WITNESSES AND EVIDENCE BY PROVIDING THAT PHOTOGRAPHIC, MICROPHOTOGRAPIHC AND PHOTOSTATIC COPIES SHALL BE COMPETENT AS BUSINESS RECORDS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Section 1. That Article 4 of Chapter 129 of the Revised Code of Delaware, 1935, as amended by Chapter 252, Volume 45, Laws of Delaware, be and the same is further amended by adding a new paragraph at the end of Section 19A. thereof as follows:

"To the extent that a record would be competent evidence under this Section, a photograph of such record shall be competent evidence if the custodian of the photograph or the person who made such photograph or under whose supervision such photograph was made, testifies to the identity of and the mode of making such photograph, and if, in the opinion of the court, the record has been destroyed or otherwise disposed of in good faith in the regular course of business, and the mode of making such photograph was such as to justify its admission. If a photograph is admissible hereunder, the court may admit the whole or a part thereof. Photograph as used herein includes but is not limited to microphotographs, a roll or strip of film, a roll or strip of microfilm, or a photostatic copy."

Approved June 5, 1951.