Hearings to present evidence of domestic abuse

At a Finding of Facts, the Judge will hear the evidence and listen to a statement that you give to the court. The other person can challenge your evidence and statement by asking questions about it. This is called cross-examination. If domestic abuse has been alleged and the person facing allegations does not have legal representation, then the Judge can appoint a Qualified Legal Representative (QLR). The QLR will assist with the cross examination so that you do not have to face questions from the alleged abuser. If a QLR is not available, the Judge should help with the questions. This is a recent change to Family Court proceedings that is a result of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.

See our video about Finding of Facts hearings

 

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