DoJ launches consultation on domestic abuse

Wed, 31/07/2019 - 15:53 -- Editor

The Department of Justice has launched a consultation on protecting victims of domestic abuse from being cross-examined by their abuser 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 will run for eight weeks from 31 July 2019 to 24 September 2019.

Further information on DoJ website.