Hearsay Rule on Machine.
The old rules against hearsay did not include tapes, film or still photographs which directly recorded the incident under investIgation. For instance, in the case of R v Dobson and Taylor v Chief Constable of Cheshire.
In R v Dobson, the film from security camera operating during the time of robbery was admitted.
In Taylor v Chief Constable of Cheshire, a video recording while an offence being committed was watched by the witnesses. The witnesses were allowed to give evidence of what they had seen in the tape which accidentally had been erased. This is based on the concept that the witness is in the same position as someone watching the commission of offence through the pair of binocular.
Nowadays, the provision of hearsay rules only applicable for statements made by persons. The provisions are not applicable for statements produced by machine such as security camera video, films or tapes which operated automatically..