Call for submissions for review of the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act

Have your say on the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act. The Victorian Law Reform Commission invites your comments on the consultation paper for the review of the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997 (Vic) (CMIA).

We want to hear from members of the community with an interest in these issues, including people affected by, or with experience of the CMIA. This includes:

  • victims in CMIA matters and their families
  • people who are subject to CMIA processes and their family members and carers.

We also seek input from individuals and organisations who have professional experience under the CMIA provisions, in the criminal law and forensic mental health and disability sectors.

Contact us

Email: law.reform@lawreform.vic.gov.au
Mail: GPO Box 4637, Melbourne Vic 3001
Fax: (03) 8608 7888
Phone: (03) 8608 7800, 1300 666 557 (TTY) or 1300 666 555 (cost of a local call)

What is a submission?

Submissions are your ideas or opinions about the law under review and how to improve it. The consultation paper contains questions to guide submissions. Submissions can be anything from a personal story to a research paper. We want to hear from anyone who has experience with the law under review. It does not matter if you only have one or two points to make—we still want to hear from you. Please note, however, that the Commission does not provide legal advice.

What is my submission used for?

Submissions help us understand different views and experiences about the law we are researching. We use the information we receive in submissions, and from consultations, along with other research, to write our reports and develop recommendations.

How do I make a submission?

You can make a submission in writing, or in the case of those requiring assistance, verbally, to one of the Commission staff. There is no required format. However, we encourage you to consider the list of questions.

Assistance

Please contact the Commission:
•    if you require an interpreter
•    if you need assistance to have your views heard
•    if you would like a copy of the consultation paper in an accessible format (note that there is an Easy English version).

Publication of submissions

The Commission is committed to providing open access to information. We publish submissions on our website to encourage discussion and to keep the community informed about our projects.

We will not place on our website, or make available to the public, submissions that contain offensive or defamatory comments or which are outside the scope of the reference. Before publication, we may remove personally identifying information from submissions that discuss specific cases or the personal circumstances and experiences of people other than the author. Personal addresses and contact details are removed from all submissions before they are published.

The views expressed in the submissions are those of the individuals or organisations who submit them and their publication does not imply any acceptance of, or agreement with, these views by the Commission.

We keep submissions on the website for 12 months following the completion of a reference. A reference is complete on the date the final report is tabled in Parliament or, in the case of a community law reform project, when the report is presented to the Attorney-General. Hard copies of submissions will be archived and sent to the Public Records Office Victoria.

The Commission also accepts submissions made in confidence. These submissions will not be published on the website or elsewhere. Submissions may be confidential because they include personal experiences or other sensitive information. The Commission does not allow external access to confidential submissions. If, however, the Commission receives a request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic), the request will be determined in accordance with the Act. The Act has provisions designed to protect personal information and information given in confidence. Further information can be found at www.foi.vic.gov.au.

Please note that submissions that do not have an author or organisation’s name attached will not be published on the Commission’s website or made publicly available and will be treated as confidential submissions.

Confidentiality

When you make a submission, you must decide how you want your submission to be treated. Submissions are either public or confidential.

  • Public submissions can be referred to in our reports, uploaded to our website and made available to the public to read in our offices. The names of submitters will be listed in the final report.
  • Private addresses and contact details will be removed from submissions before they are made public.
  • Confidential submissions are not made available to the public. Confidential submissions are considered by the Commission but they are not referred to in our final reports as a source of information or opinion other than in exceptional circumstances.

Please let us know your preference when you make your submission. If you do not tell us that you want your submission treated as confidential, we will treat it as public.

Anonymous submissions

If you do not put your name or an organisation’s name on your submission, it will be difficult for us to make use of the information you have provided. If you have concerns about your identity being made public, please consider making your submission confidential rather than submitting it anonymously.
 
Submission deadline 23 August 2013.

 

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Publication Date: 
06 Aug 2013

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