Evidence and Criminal law amendment legislation

The Government is seeking your feedback on a draft Bill to amend the Criminal Code Act 1924 and Evidence Act 2001.

The draft Bill amends the Criminal Code Act 1924 to:

  • establish a presumption that when two or more charges for sexual offences are joined together in the same indictment those charges are to be tried together; and
  • provide that this presumption is not rebutted merely because evidence on one charge is inadmissible in relation to another charge.

The draft Bill also amends the Evidence Act 2001 to provide that the issue of concoction, contamination and suggestion is not relevant to the admissibility of tendency and coincidence evidence under sections 97 and 98 of the Act.

Download the Evidence and Related Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (PDF, 223.2 KB).

Comment period

Please send your comments on the Bill to the Department of Justice by Friday 30 June 2017.




Department of Justice

Office of Strategic Legislation and Policy

GPO Box 825

Hobart TAS 7001