596. Vulnerable witnesses.

596.     Vulnerable witnesses.

In proceedings before the investigating committee, the following may, if the quality of their evidence is likely to be adversely affected as a result, be treated as a vulnerable witness:

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    (1)     any witness under the age of 17 at the time of the hearing1;

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    (2)     any witness with a mental disorder2;

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    (3)     any witness who is significantly impaired in relation to intelligence and social functioning3;

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    (4)     any witness with physical disabilities who requires assistance to give evidence4;

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    (5)     any witness, where the allegation against the health professional is of a sexual nature and the