Section 19 – Taking of evidence by a commissioner
80.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 proof or other hearing.
81.Parties to the proceedings may only be present with the agreement of the court 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.