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Law Council of Australia


Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Bill 2017—Public Consultation on Cross-examination Amendment

The Law Council acknowledges that, for survivors of family violence, the prospect of being crossexamined by a violent ex-partner can cause significant emotional distress and trauma, and discourage them from continuing litigation. The Law Council therefore supports consideration being given to alternatives to direct cross-examination wherever possible.

However, the Law Council is concerned that proposals that preclude, automatically ban or constrain cross-examination are inimical to each of:

To that end, the Law Council considers that:

You can read the full submission below.


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