Family Violence and Cross-Examination of Parties Scheme
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.