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Judgment: The husband died after being struck by a car in Ukraine, and had left no will. His estate was represented by his mother and brother, who claimed that the wife had been involved in the death, and brought a claim under the Forfeiture Act 1982. The wife applied for orders to strike out Ukrainian evidence relating to her movements prior to the death. Chief Master Marsh found that the court must be very cautious about excluding evidence that appears to be admissible before the trial. The Civil Procedure Rules provide the court with ample powers to ensure a fair trial. In this case he saw no compelling reason to exclude the evidence.

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