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Vulnerable persons

NSW Courts definition    

The courts make special arrangements for vulnerable persons who need to appear in court to give evidence.
For details of special provisions please refer to Safety and Protection > Courts - special provisions for 'vulnerable' witnesses

In the Criminal Procedure Act 1986 chapter 6 part 6 a vulnerable person is a person who has suffered a personal assault offence and is one of the following    

  1. a child, or

  2. a cognitively impaired person. This includes:

(a) an intellectual disability,
(b) a developmental disorder (including an autistic spectrum disorder),
(c) a neurological disorder,
(d) dementia,
(e) a severe mental illness,
(f) a brain injury.

NSW Police Force definition

The NSW Police make special arrangements for vulnerable persons - particularly when they need to give a statement.

In the Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Regulation 2005 Clause 24 a person who falls within one or more of the following categories is a " vulnerable person":    

(a) children
(b) people who have impaired intellectual functioning
(c) people who have impaired physical functioning
(d) people who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders
(e) people who are of non-English speaking background