—(1) Notwithstanding anything in this Code or in any other written law, in a committal hearing conducted under this Division, a written statement made by any person is admissible as evidence to the same extent and to the same effect as oral evidence by the person, if the following conditions are satisfied:
the statement appears to be signed by the person who made it;
the statement contains a declaration by the person to the effect that it is true to the best of his knowledge and belief and that he made the statement knowing that, if it were given in evidence, he would be liable to prosecution if he stated in it anything he knew to be false or did not believe to be true; and
before the statement is given in evidence, a copy of the statement is served, by or on behalf of the party proposing to give it, on each of the other parties to the committal hearing not less than 7 days before the date of the committal hearing.
(2) The following provisions also apply to any written statement given in evidence under this section:
if the statement is by a person below the age of 21 years, it must state his age;
if it is made by a person who cannot read it, it must be read to him before he signs it and must be accompanied by a declaration by the person who read the statement to him, stating that it was so read; and
if it refers to any other document as an exhibit, the copy of the written statement served on any other party to the committal hearing under subsection (1)(c) must be accompanied by a copy of that document or by information that will enable the party on whom it is served to inspect that document or make a copy of it.
(3) Where a written statement made by any person is admitted in evidence under this section, the examining Magistrate may, of his own motion or on the application of any party to the committal hearing, require the person to attend before the examining Magistrate and give evidence.
(4) So much of any statement as is admitted in evidence under this section must, unless the examining Magistrate otherwise directs, be read aloud at the hearing and where the examining Magistrate so directs, an account shall be given orally of so much of any statement as is not read aloud.
(5) A document or object referred to as an exhibit and identified in a written statement given in evidence under this section must be treated as if it had been produced as an exhibit and identified in court by the maker of the statement.
(6) Section 297 shall apply to any written statement tendered in evidence at a committal hearing under this section, as it applies to a deposition taken in the committal hearing.