From 10 September 2019, personal cross-examination will be banned in family law proceedings in certain circumstances where allegations of family violence have been raised. Personal cross-examination is where a party asks questions of another party or witness directly, rather than having questions asked by a lawyer.
Where the ban applies, cross-examination of both parties must be conducted by a lawyer. Parties will need to hire a private lawyer or apply to their state or territory legal aid commission for legal representation under the Commonwealth Family Violence and Cross-Examination of Parties Scheme.
For more information see the Family Violence & Cross-Examination Scheme Information Sheet.
Commonwelath Family Violence Cross-Examination of Parties Scheme Application Form (PDF)
For more information, or help filling out the application form, please contact the Family Advocacy and Support Service (FASS) at the family courts on (08) 8111 5300.