Allison Baden-Clay
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Baden-Clay counsellor could be forced to testify in court

A FAMILY counsellor who dealt with Gerard Baden-Clay and his slain wife could be hauled before a judge to reveal what was said during counselling sessions.

It emerged last week the counsellor wanted to claim client privilege under the Family Law Act.

Counsel for the Crown Michael Byrne confirmed to the Supreme Court this morning he would apply for a basha inquiry involving the Relationships Australia family counsellor.

A basha inquiry allows a witness who has not given evidence during a committal hearing to be cross-examined.

Mr Byrne said the evidence concerned things said between Allison Baden-Clay, Gerard Baden-Clay and the counsellor in separate sessions in March and April, 2012.

Baden-Clay is accused of murdering his wife in Brookfield last year.

He reported her missing on April 20 and has maintained he is not guilty of the crime.

The mother of three's body was found under the Kholo Creek bridge, near Ipswich, 10 days after she was reported missing.

Justice Glenn Martin ordered the prosecution submit an application for a basha inquiry and Relationships Australia file written submissions by September 18.

The case will be reviewed on September 20 and if the Crown's inquiry application is successful, a hearing date to cross-examine the counsellor will be set before Baden-Clay goes to trial.

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