- Children automatically receive special measures, such as giving evidence from behind a screen or giving it via video link, and these are available to other victims and witnesses at a court's discretion.
- Although judges have the power to intervene to prevent overly aggressive cross-examination and character assassinations, there have been instances of victims being left traumatised after court cases.
- There is no limit on the number of lawyers who can cross-examine a victim or witness, or on the amount of time they can be on the stand.
- Victims and witnesses can also be required to discuss graphic details of crimes such as sexual abuse.
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