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20 .         Victim may be directed to attend doctor etc.

        (1)         For the purposes of deciding a compensation application by or on behalf of a person who claims to have suffered an injury as a consequence of the commission of an offence (the victim ), an assessor, either on the application of an interested person or on the assessor’s own initiative, may —

            (a)         direct the victim to attend and be examined by a health professional nominated by the assessor; and

            (b)         defer deciding the application until the victim has complied with the direction.

        (2)         If an assessor directs such a victim to attend and be examined by a health professional —

            (a)         the assessor may give the health professional a copy of any report by another health professional about the victim; and

            (b)         the assessor must request the health professional to provide the assessor with a report of the examination; and

            (c)         the Chief Assessor must pay the reasonable cost of the examination and the report; and

            (d)         any compensation award must be reduced by the amount so paid.

        (3)         If a victim does not obey such a direction, the assessor may take account of the fact by reducing any compensation award made in favour of the victim.

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