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.
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