Attorney-General To Review Submissions On Section 194K

Attorney-General To Review Submissions On Section 194K

Tasmania Attorney-General Elise Archer

Government To Review Submissions On Section 194K

Victor P Taffa

Submissions have now closed in response to the Discussion Paper into Section 194K of the Evidence Act 2001.

Section 194K of the Evidence Act 2001 currently prohibits the identification of complainants in sexual offence proceedings, including when the person is an adult at the time of publication and consents to being identified, without a court order.

It takes immense courage for survivors to speak about their experience and I thank everyone who has made a submission, and the Government will now review submissions before proceeding with potential reforms to the law, Attorney-General Elise Archer said.

Department of Justice received 54 submissions on the Discussion Paper. Submissions were received from a range of bodies including the legal sector, community organisations, media organisations, the education sector and private individuals.

“This is a complex area of law that must strike the right balance, which is why we have consulted with the broader community to inform potential future reform.” Attorney-General Archer said.

Any proposed amendments to the Act will be subject to a consultation period before they are introduced.