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New guidelines in relation to remote witness facilities have recently been finalised and released. A remote witness room enables vulnerable people (for example, children and people with a cognitive impairment), complainants and sexual offence witnesses in prescribed sexual offence proceedings to give evidence by means of closed circuit television facilities or other technology that enables communication with the courtroom. Witnesses are also entitled to have a support person with them in the remote witness room which is considered to be part of the court. For the safety of witnesses their location is confidential.
Please find below operational guidelines for remote witness facilities.