“Section 28” allows for cross examination of vulnerable witnesses to be pre-recorded

The Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales Dame Vera Baird QC has written to the Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland QC MP to ask him to consider using courtrooms, which are currently unused because of the Coronavirus pandemic, to record evidence from child witnesses which could then be used when the case comes to trial.

Under section 28 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 vulnerable witnesses – including children – can have their evidence and cross examination pre-recorded in advance of any trial which spares them the trauma of attending, and allows them them to move on with their lives free from worry and anxiety about having to go to court.

The full letter can be read here.