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Special witnesses

The Evidence (Children and Special Witnesses) Act 2001 provides for certain people to have extra assistance when giving evidence.  This includes children (under 17) in relation to a broad range of offences, people with an intellectual, mental or physical disability and those who may be affected by age, cultural background, relationship to any party in the proceeding or the nature of the subject matter.

If the Court accepts that a witness meets one of these criteria then it is possible to have a support person with the witness in the Court;  to use an audio-visual link to give evidence rather than being in Court;  or to have some persons excluded from the Court room.

If you think this would apply and be helpful to you, then you should ask the Crown Prosecutor or Witness Assistance Officer about it.