More secrecy for undercover police

johnboy 27 October 2011

Simon Corbell has announced the passage of his laws to give more protection to undercover operatives.

“Undercover operatives who appear as witnesses in court proceedings are often put at risk by testifying publicly in serious criminal matters where the stakes are high and this legislation will better protect those key witnesses as well as those who are close to them like family members.

The Act establishes a scheme to prevent the disclosure of undercover witness’ identities in court proceedings. Under the scheme the ACT Chief Police Officer or the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Crime Commission can give a witness identity protection certificate in relation to a proceeding.

This prevents information about the witness’ name and address from being disclosed.

Mr Corbell said the Government has also given due consideration to ensure that the appropriate safeguards are built into the Act to ensure a fair trial.

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