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
a child, or
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.
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