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Permit victim survivors to give evidence from a place other than the courtroom

Recommendation:
071
Status:
Implemented

Who is leading the change

  • Department of Justice and Community Safety

The Victorian Government amend section 69 of the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic) and section 363 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2009 (Vic) to provide that the court must permit a family violence victim to give evidence from a place other than the courtroom by means of remote technology that enables communication with the courtroom, unless the victim wishes to give evidence from the courtroom.

  • The Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) and Court Services Victoria (CSV) have enabled evidence to be given from outside the courtroom. DJCS developed the required legislative amendments and CSV has developed the operational requirements and supports.

  • The Justice Legislation Amendment (Criminal Procedure Disclosure and Other Matters) Bill 2022 was passed on 15 February 2022 and enables family violence victim survivors to give evidence from a place other than the courtroom by means of remote technology unless they wish to give evidence from the courtroom.

    Specifically, the following legislative changes were made:

  • Implemented.

Reviewed 27 January 2023

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