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ECLC welcomes the Federal government’s announcement of the parameters of the Australian Law Reform Commission Inquiry into how the justice system handles cases of sexual violence.

January 24, 2024

 

ECLC welcomes the Federal government’s announcement of the parameters of the Australian Law Reform Commission Inquiry into how the justice system handles cases of sexual violence.

The Inquiry will examine laws and frameworks about evidence, court procedures, processes and jury directions, laws about consent, policies, training for judges, police and legal practitioners as well as support services for those who have experienced sexual violence.

A sexual violence lived-experience Expert Advisory Group comprised of 20 lived‑experience experts, including victims and survivors of sexual violence and their advocates will inform the Inquiry.

The Inquiry, which could potentially overhaul judicial responses to sexual violence, is a definite step in the right direction for victim-survivors who have long felt retraumatised by the justice system.

The Centre looks forward to the report from the inquiry which is due on January 22, 2025.

 

To read the official media release from Attorney-General, Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP , click HERE

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