Counselling notes

If you are the victim of a sexual crime, the defence must be told if you have been to counselling. If the notes of your counselling are relevant to the trial, they may be shown to the defence with your consent (agreement). If you do not agree to showing the defence your counselling notes, the judge will hold a court hearing to decide whether they are relevant. If the judge finds that the notes are relevant, the relevant parts of the notes will be released to the defence.

You are entitled to be represented at this hearing through free legal aid. The judge can set special conditions to protect your privacy when releasing the notes and the accused person will never get a copy of them. Read more information about what will happen if you agree to show the defence your counselling notes or do not agree on the garda (police) website.

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