Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Act 2017


Special measures during criminal proceedings

19. (1) Where a victim of an alleged offence has been assessed under section 15 and the Garda Síochána or the Ombudsman Commission have identified specific protection needs in relation to the victim, the Garda Síochána or the Director of Public Prosecutions, as the case may be, shall, in determining whether to make an application to the court for a special measure specified in subsection (2) during the course of any criminal proceedings related to the alleged offence, have regard to the specific protection needs identified under section 15 in relation to the victim concerned.

(2) The special measures referred to in subsection (1) are—

(a) the exclusion of the public, any portion of the public or any particular person or persons from the court during such criminal proceedings pursuant to section 20,

(b) directions under section 21 regarding the questioning of the victim in respect of his or her private life,

(c) measures under Part III of the Criminal Evidence Act 1992 enabling the victim to give evidence through a live television link or an intermediary or enabling a screen or other similar device to be used in the giving of evidence.