In October 2014, the Attorney-General asked the Victorian Law Reform Commission to review and report on what should be the role of victims before, during and after a criminal trial.
The Commission is looking at whether the victim should have a role, and if so what role, at stages of the criminal trial process including:
- the decision to prosecute
- the committal for trial and pre-trial proceedings
- the trial
- sentencing proceedings (but not sentence levels)
- appeal proceedings
- compensation or restitution for the benefit of victims
- support for victims before, during and after the trial.
The issues are explored in four information papers and a consultation paper. These and other documents, including public submissions, can be downloaded from the links below.
The public was invited to make submissions by 30 September 2015. The Commission held consultations in Ballarat, Geelong, Mildura, Morwell, Shepparton, Warrnambool, Wodonga and Melbourne with people who have knowledge and experience of the issues.
The Commission will report by 1 September 2016.
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