Western Australian Current Acts

[Index] [Table] [Search] [Search this Act] [Notes] [Noteup] [Previous] [Next] [Download] [Help]


219AK .         Mandatory protections for parties in certain cases — FLA s. 102NA

        (1)         The requirements of subsection (2) apply if, in proceedings under this Act —

            (a)         a party (the examining party ) intends to cross-examine another party (the witness party ); and

            (b)         there is an allegation of family violence between the examining party and the witness party; and

            (c)         any of the following are satisfied —

                  (i)         either party has been convicted of, or is charged with, an offence involving violence, or a threat of violence, to the other party;

                  (ii)         a family violence order (other than an interim order) applies to both parties;

                  (iii)         an injunction under section 235 or 235A for the personal protection of either party is directed against the other party;

                  (iv)         the court makes an order that the requirements of subsection (2) are to apply to the cross-examination.

        (2)         Both of the following requirements apply to the cross-examination —

            (a)         the examining party must not cross-examine the witness party personally;

            (b)         the cross-examination must be conducted by a legal practitioner acting on behalf of the examining party.

        (3)         The court may make an order under subsection (1)(c)(iv) —

            (a)         on its own initiative; or

            (b)         on the application of —

                  (i)         the witness party; or

                  (ii)         the examining party; or

                  (iii)         if an independent children’s lawyer has been appointed for a child in relation to the proceedings — that lawyer.

        [Section 219AK inserted: No. 16 of 2021 s. 4; amended: No. 9 of 2022 s. 424.]

AustLII: Copyright Policy | Disclaimers | Privacy Policy | Feedback