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Acts Amendment (Evidence) Bill 1999

Bill No. 1
Long Title The purpose of this Bill is to amend - the Evidence Act 1906; the Justices Act 1902; the Children's Court of Western Australia Act 1988; and The Criminal Code. The amendments effected by the Bill will - facilitate the admission of documentary and foreign evidence in trials involving complex commercial crime; allow for the admission of documentary evidence created using modern information technology; permit child and vulnerable witnesses to give their evidence on video-tape to save them from the trauma of giving evidence in open court; remove inappropriate requirements for the tendering of statements of child witnesses at the early stages of the prosecution process; allow the use of witness statements in prosecutions for crimes in the children's court and where there is an ex officio indictment, if the witness has died, is too ill to come to court, or simply cannot be found before the trial; restore an element of fairness when an accused person makes unsubstantiated assertions against the character of a deceased victim of a crime; extend certain provisions in the Evidence Act to the prosecution of offences where the offender has been charged with repealed Criminal Code sections; and allow a complainant in a sexual offence to authorise the publication or communication of their name without being held to be committing a crime.
Status Message from the Legislative Assembly with amendments.
This Act comes into operation on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent
Current Bill
Legislative AssemblyDateNote No.Related Documents
First Reading23 Mar 2000  
Second Reading23 Mar 2000 1 
Second Reading Speech  
Second Reading Agreed11 May 2000  
Consideration in Detail11 May 2000  
Amendments adopted11 May 2000  
Third Reading13 Jun 2000  

Legislative CouncilDateNote No.Related Documents
Introduced14 Sep 1999  
First Reading14 Sep 1999  
Second Reading14 Sep 1999 1 
Second Reading Speech  
Second Reading Agreed16 Mar 2000  
Committee of the whole16 Mar 2000  
Amendments adopted16 Mar 2000  
Third Reading21 Mar 2000  
Messages Between HousesDateNote No.
Legislative Assembly sent to the Legislative Council 20 Jun 2000  

1. Explanatory memorandum provided.