In 1923, SJ considered the admissibility of photographs as identification evidence in the courts

The use of the photograph in legal proceedings is attended with more danger and inconvenience than might at first be imagined, and one of the uses to which the courts will not allow a photograph to be put was illustrated by the case of R. v. Goss, Times, 11th inst., in the Court of Criminal Appeal.

In that case the principal witnesses were called upon to identify the appellant, who was appealing against a conviction of housebreaking, and it appeared that before these witnesses were actually taken to identify the appellant himself, they were taken into a room and shown a number of photographs; and that from these photographs they picked out the photograph of the appel...

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