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Question Without Notice No. 814 asked in the Legislative Council on 13 September 2018 by Hon Alison Xamon

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 13 September 2018

CRIMINAL LAW (MENTALLY IMPAIRED ACCUSED) ACT — REFORM

814. Hon ALISON XAMON to the Leader of the House representing the Attorney General:

I refer to question without notice 87 asked in May 2017 and the commitment that the minister gave to introduce substantial amendments to the Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused Act) in the second half of 2017.

(1) Given that more than a year has passed, can the Attorney General please advise when the amendment bill will be introduced?

(2) If not, why not?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

On behalf of the Leader of the House, I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) A new bill that will entirely repeal and replace the Western Australian Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act 1996 is currently being drafted and the Attorney General expects to be in a position to introduce it before the end of this year. As drafting continues, the Attorney General has asked the Department of Justice to convene an interagency working group to ensure that all agencies are fully prepared to implement the reforms in due course.

(2) Not applicable.