Evidence (Children and Special Witnesses) Amendment Bill 2020 - Have your say

The Tasmanian Government is committed to providing opportunities for community involvement in the development of Government policy and we are seeking your input on the Evidence (Children and Special Witnesses) Amendment Bill 2020.

This Bill delivers on a key Government commitment to implement a number of recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The Pilot Intermediary Scheme will be a state-wide program that utilises witness intermediaries to assist children and adults with communication needs to participate in the criminal justice system.

Witness intermediaries are trained professionals with specialist skills in communication. Intermediaries act impartially and assist vulnerable witnesses to give their best evidence by identifying a witness’s communication needs and assist the court, legal practitioners and the police.

The comment period for this consultation is now closed

Publishing submissions

Other than indicated below, submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on our website at www.justice.tas.gov.au/community-consultation.

No personal information other than an individual’s name or the organisation making a submission will be published.

Important information to note

  1. Your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published unless you request otherwise.
  2. In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), the Department will treat the submission as public.
  3. If you would like your submission treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please indicate this in writing at the time of making your submission clearly identifying the parts of your submission you want to remain confidential and the reasons why. In this case, your submission will not be published to the extent of that request.
  4. Copyright in submissions remains with the author(s), not with the Tasmanian Government.
  5. The Department will not publish, in whole or in part, submissions containing defamatory or offensive material. If your submission includes information that could enable the identification of other individuals then either all or parts of the submission will not be published.

Accessibility of submissions

The Government recognises that not all individuals or groups are equally placed to access and understand information. We are therefore committed to ensuring Government information is accessible and easily understood by people with diverse communication needs.

Where possible, please consider typing your submission in plain English and providing it in a format such as Microsoft Word or equivalent.

The Government cannot however take responsibility for the accessibility of documents provided by third parties.

Information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI). If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons may be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure. You may also be contacted to provide any further comment.