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Department of Justice launch consultation on protecting victims of domestic abuse from cross-examination by their abusers

The Department of Justice have launched a consultation on protecting victims of domestic abuse from being cross-examined by the perpetrator in family courts.

The Department particularly welcomes the views of victims of domestic abuse who have been involved in family proceedings, especially victims who have been cross-examined by their abuser in person.  The views of people who have represented themselves, who may have personally carried out cross-examination of another party or witness, are also welcomed.

The options for legislation in the consultation paper include applying a statutory prohibition on cross-examination in person in certain circumstances and giving the court a discretionary power to prevent such cross-examination.

The consultation closes on 24th September 2019.

To find out more and respond to the consultation visit https://www.justice-ni.gov.uk/consultations/consultation-prohibition-cross-examination-family-proceedings



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