Jmuzz wrote:If challenged in court it is fairly easy to have a private camera evidence thrown out, which then leaves police with no case and a court bill to pay.
They can issue the ticket and hope the accused simply pays it without contesting, which is what the EPA litter report fines do and why they don't really care about any evidence being provided with the report. They will drop the fine before court.
Do you have any authority for this opinion ? A case or a section of the Evidence Act ? Because in my experience it is a load of twaddle pushed by the ignorant.
Private video evidence is routinely admitted in criminal prosecutions & is given great weight - the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal recently noted that a private video of a robbery was not only admissible, but "was more informative than any written account"
The issue is rarely whether the video is admissible, but rather the question "what does the video actually show.?" Trailgumby has written an excellent 3 part series on Getting Police to Act on Video Evidence Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3 where he devotes a large amount of time to exactly how to analyse the video to prove the distance beyond reasonable doubt.