Statutory limitations have been removed so that victims of sexual assaults that occurred before 1985 can now seek justice for for offences, announced Simon Corbell today.
Victims of sexual assault can now seek justice for offences that occurred before 1985 with the removal of outdated and unjust legal barriers to prosecuting certain offences, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell announced today.
“Statutory limitation periods that existed from 1951 to 1985 meant that victims of certain sexual offences only had 12 months to report the crimes. After that, no prosecution could be brought.
“The effect of these limitations has been ongoing. Until now, victims of certain sexual offences committed during this period could not have a prosecution brought after 12 months. The Crimes Legislation Amendment Act 2013, passed today in the Legislative Assembly, removes the limitation periods so that these sexual offences can now be prosecuted,” Mr Corbell said.
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The Crimes Legislation Amendment Act 2013 contains other important changes:
The Act also makes other important amendments to:
— allow police officers to issue a simple cannabis offence notice for possession of up to 50 grams of cannabis where appropriate, allowing police to focus resources on more serious crimes, including drug crimes
— amend the definition of ‘stolen property’ for the offence of receiving stolen property to address issues raised by the ACT Court of Appeal
— provide that a practitioner does not need to be the same sex as a suspect, serious offender or volunteer on whom a forensic procedure is carried out if the suspect, serious offender or volunteer agrees.
The Act also makes amendments relating to criminal infringement notices issued to young people, attendance of serious offenders for forensic procedure hearings and enhanced regulation of firearm frames and receivers.