Question mark remains over cross-examination support for vulnerable witnesses.

09 June 2018

Justice officials have admitted they still do not know when support for vulnerable witnesses will be made fully available even though a new policy was supposed to be in place months ago.

The Ministry of Justice had intended to roll out section 28 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act last autumn, allowing vulnerable and intimidated witnesses to video record their cross-examination before trial. That deadline passed after quality concerns arose when technology to record and play back cross-examination was being tested.

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