Section 271I – Taking of evidence by a commissioner
33.This section enables evidence on commission to be used as a special measure for vulnerable witnesses. The court is empowered to appoint a commissioner to take the evidence of a vulnerable witness in advance of the trial.
34.The accused may only be present with the agreement of the court on special cause shown, but at least must be able to watch and listen by some means while the witness’s evidence is taken e.g. by a live TV link.