From July 21st victims of domestic abuse will no longer be cross – examined by their alleged attackers in family and civil courts under measures coming into force on that day.
However, the ban will only apply to cases that there is specified evidence of domestic abuse between the parties involved. Or there is a conviction or protective injunction in place. In these cases cross-examination will be done by a court-appointed legal professional. This will ensure that justice continues to be done fairly on both sides.
Under sections 65 and 66 of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, the court will appoint a qualified legal representative (QLR) to cross-examine relevant witnesses if parties:
- do not have their own legal representative• are prohibited by the court from cross-examining, due to allegations of domestic abuse.