Have you been called as a witness—Easy English guide

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What is a Public Hearing?

Public Hearings are formal proceedings to share your story.

If you are going to be a witness, you can have your own lawyer.

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Call Your Story

You can call Your Story Disability Legal Support and we can help you find a lawyer. This is free for people with a disability.

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What should I do? 

If you are going to be a witness, you should get independent legal advice before you prepare your statement.


Your lawyer

Your lawyer can tell you about your rights as a witness.

The Office of Solicitor Assisting and Counsel Assisting are not your lawyer.

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Preparing your statement

Your lawyer can support you to work out what you want to say, write the statement with you and talk to the Royal Commission for you.

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At the hearing

You may be asked questions about your story during the hearing. Your lawyer can support you and make sure you are ready to answer questions.

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I need support

You can have a support person with you at all times. You can ask for counselling to be available to you before and after being witness.

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I have more questions 

For free legal advice call Your Story on 1800 77 1800

For counselling and referrals call Blue Knot on 1800 421 468 or (02) 6146 1468 


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Publication date: 17/11/2023
Publication type: brochure
Language: English,