Access to justice for victims of crime under Commonwealth law

Author(s)Urbas, Gregor
Title Access to justice for victims of crime under Commonwealth law
Source Legaldate, 1034229X, Jul2010, Vol. 22, Issue 3
Date 2010
Document type Research report
Coverage Australia
Summary In this brief article the author discusses the need for recognition and access to rights for crime victims under Commonwealth law in Australia. Many of the new Commonwealth offences, such as terrorist and cybercrime offences and people smuggling and slavery and sexual servitude have brought a new focus on the effect of crimes on victims. Although in common use in the states, there is no legislation allowing for victim impact statements to be used under Commonwealth law, although it has been proposed. It is also proposed that the Commonwealth could take a leading role in the protection of victims of crime in Australia by adopting a Victims' Charter.
Keywords Criminal justice system; rights; vulnerable witnesses; children; sexual assault; justice
Topic Victims rights