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For legal aid to be granted for the cross-examination of a protected witness the following must be satisfied:
A copy of the order made pursuant to s 21O(2) of the Evidence Act 1977, a copy of the transcript or a letter from the court confirming such order has been made.
A ‘protected witness’ includes:
The scheme only applies:
Summary trials are excluded from the scheme.
Representation for the cross-examination of a protected witness in the magistrates, district or Supreme Court will be provided on an in-house basis unless there is a conflict of interest.
The grant of aid for representation in the magistrates court to cross examine protected witness(es) is WITA.
The grant of aid for representation in the district court to cross examine a protected witness(es) is WITB.
The grant of aid for representation in the Supreme Court to cross examine a protected witness(es) is WITC.
A decision to refuse legal aid for this type of matter may be appealed to the external review officer (refer to review of decisions).