A witness is eligible for assistance if the witness is under the age of 181 at the time when it falls to the court or the judge advocate to consider whether to give a special measures direction2 in relation to the witness3. A witness is also eligible for assistance if the court or the judge advocate considers that the quality of evidence4 given by the witness is likely to be diminished because the witness suffers from mental disorder within the meaning of the Mental Health Act 1983, 5otherwise has a significant impairment of intelligence and social functioning, or has a physical disability or is suffering from a physical disorder6. A witness (other than a defendant or appellant) is also eligible for assistance if the judge advocate is satisfied that the quality of evidence given by the witness is likely to be diminished by reason of
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