28 October 2020

STATEMENT FROM THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS KERRI JUDD QC

It is important to correct a misconception about the current commentary surrounding the Judicial Proceedings Reports Act.
 
The law as it currently stands prevents publication likely to lead to the identification of a victim of a sexual offence, including where the victim is deceased.
 
The law does not prevent identifying them as a homicide victim. 
 
As Director I have not sought to have this legislation enforced against victims and their families as it has not been in the public interest to do so.
 
I have sought to have the existing legislation enforced when reporting or anticipated reporting has led to distress to victims and their families.
 
The proposed Bill does not seek to change that position. Rather it provides mechanisms for victims and families to be able to publish relevant information where they desire to.
 

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Matthew Sadler

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