Consultation on prohibition of cross-examination in family proceedings

Consultation opened on 31 July 2019. Closing date 24 September 2019.


The Department of Justice has launched a consultation on protecting victims of domestic abuse from being cross-examined by the perpetrator in person in family courts.


Consultation description

The options for legislation in the consultation paper include applying a statutory prohibition on cross-examination in person in certain circumstances and giving the court a discretionary power to prevent such cross-examination.

We would welcome views from everyone with an interest in the family justice system. However, we particularly welcome the views of victims of domestic abuse who have been involved in family proceedings, especially victims who have been cross-examined by their abuser in person.  The views of people who have represented themselves, who may have personally carried out cross-examination of another party or witness, are also welcomed.

Responding to the consultation

Responses to the consultation can be submitted via Citizen Space on the NI Direct website at nidirect/citizen space

If you require a copy of the consultation in an alternative format, please contact the Department.
02890 169540





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