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

Recommendation:
071
Status:
In progress

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 and Court Services Victoria will work together to examine the information technology, funding and resource requirements to implement this recommendation and develop the required legislative amendments.

  • Court Services Victoria is running a 12-month pilot program at a regional court location to provide an additional safety option for family violence victims to participate in the court process. The pilot enables family violence victims to participate in their court hearing via video conference at a location other than a court building. The pilot commenced in July 2019.

  • 31 December 2020.

Reviewed 17 May 2020

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