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MoJ Communication For Issue to Practitioners: Domestic Abuse Act 2021 Cross-Examination Provisions-

We have been informed that the MoJ will shortly be bringing into force the cross-examination provisions in Sections 65 and 66 of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021. Members may be aware that these provisions allow for a prohibition of cross-examination in person of vulnerable witnesses. They are intended to come into force in June and will apply in specified circumstances in civil and family proceedings. Where cross-examination is necessary and there is no suitable alternative, the court will appoint a ‘Qualified Legal Representative’ (QLR). Ahead of the provisions coming into force, the MoJ is now commencing the registration process for QLRs who wish to undertake cross-examination work and who wish to be to the HMCTS courts list. Please see below for all the material we have been provided relating to the role of the QLR and the qualification process. The deadline for registration is 5.00pm on Friday 27th May.