1 Comments Family & de facto law, financial agreements, consent orders
My understanding. I think in the one hand you can cross examine the report writer ad to what was said, you can quesiton if they recorded the discussion, made nothing's during, or after. The issue would be to what extent the report writer could have made an error.
However, I believe that given the applicant themselves will give evidence, you can refer them to the family report and ask them to confirm that this is an accurate reflection of what they said.
However, the question would be can you prove or disprove what the applicant said? If not, then if the applicant is perceived to be an unreliable witness, the court ought to discount what they said as being true or not.
But, while trials go through the gruesome detail, judgements often come down to very simple big picture things.