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Ground Rules Hearing

The Victorian Government launched the Intermediary Pilot Program on 1 July 2018. The program aims to reduce the trauma experienced by vulnerable witnesses giving evidence in court by introducing the use of intermediaries and Ground Rules Hearings to assist them.

The following instructional video demonstrates best practice in how to conduct a Ground Rules Hearing with and without an intermediary, including directions regarding questioning.

View the full video or click on the links below to skip ahead to the desired chapter (video player will launch in a new browser window).

Supporting materials

These aim to help you better understand the process.

Legislation and Multi-jurisdictional Court Guide

The legislation covering Ground Rules Hearings and intermediaries is found in Part 8.2A of the Criminal Procedure Act 2009.

The Multi-jurisdictional Court Guide for the Intermediary Pilot Program provides practical information on working with intermediaries and conducting a Ground Rules Hearing, including directions. It is intended to be read in conjunction with the legislation.

Intermediary Assessment Report and Visual Aids

The Intermediary Assessment Report, referred to in the video, provides important information about the communication needs of the witness.

The report references the following visual aids (also referred to in the video):