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Recklessness is an element of hundreds of criminal offences, including reckless murder, recklessly causing serious injury and culpable driving. But the definition of recklessness comes mainly from the common law. It can vary depending on the offence, and also from state to state.
On 25 October 2022 the Attorney-General asked the Victorian Law Reform Commission to examine, report and make recommendations on the meaning of ‘recklessness’ in Victorian criminal law.
The VLRC is considering whether the definition of recklessness in Victoria should change, and whether a definition should be written into the Crimes Act. The Commission will report by 29 February 2024.
On 17 January 2023 the VLRC published an issues paper. Download it using the links on this page.
Submissions to the recklessness inquiry have closed.
- Terms of reference received
- Submissions and consultations
- Submissions closed
- Final Report
- Tabled in parliament