8. The same, or copies thereof, certified to be true copies as hereinafter mentioned, shall respectively, in all cases or proceedings, civil or criminal, touching any newspaper or other such pamphlet or paper as aforesaid, mentioned in any such declaration, matter or thing contained in any such newspaper, pamphlet or paper, be admitted as conclusive evidence of the truth of all matters set forth in such declaration, against every person who has signed and sworn to the same. They shall also be admitted in like manner as sufficient evidence of the truth of all such matters against every person who has not signed and sworn to the same, but who is mentioned therein to be a proprietor, printer and publisher of such newspaper, pamphlet or other paper, unless the contrary shall be satisfactorily proved.
If any such person against whom any such declaration, or any copy thereof, is offered in evidence, proves that he has made, signed and delivered to the clerk of the Court of Québec of the district, previous to the date of the publication of the newspaper, pamphlet or other paper to which the proceedings civil or criminal relate, a declaration under oath that he has ceased to be printer, proprietor or publisher of such newspaper, pamphlet or paper, such person shall not be considered, by reason of any former declaration so delivered as aforesaid, to have been printer or publisher of such newspaper, pamphlet or other paper, after the day on which such last-mentioned declaration was delivered to the clerk of the Court of Québec.
R. S. 1964, c. 49, s. 8; 1992, c. 61, s. 371; 1999, c. 40, s. 163.