Victims of clergy sex abuse will be given free legal advice to help them participate in the royal commission, which starts in Melbourne on Wednesday.
During the commission’s first sitting, chairman Justice Peter McClellan will outline how the national body will operate and counsel assisting the commission Gail Furness, SC, will make an opening statement.
Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus says the free legal service will provide victims with advice ‘a bit like a duty lawyer’.
‘It’s going to be there to provide people with legal and procedural advice on important issues,’ he told ABC Radio on Wednesday, citing examples such as how they go about preparing a submission, how they give evidence and what ways they can participate in the hearings.
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