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WIDESPREAD changes to
child protection and sexual assault laws - including a special
court to hear sexual assault
cases - are being considered by
the State Government.
Police, the office of the Director
of Public Prosecutions and several other government departments are reviewing possible
changes in their areas.
Legislation aimed at protecting children who appear before
courts as victims in sexual assault cases is being drafted and
will be examined by a specialist
group of trial experts before being released for public comment.
Among other issues being
examined are ways in which trials
involving child witnesses can be
managed in a more timely way,
the rescheduling of interrupted
trials and expanding training options for police prosecutors who
work with child witnesses.
The Government is also closely
monitoring the inquiry by Parliament's Legislative Review Committee into the low conviction
rate in sexual assault cases.
The committee is expected to
call for major changes to sexual
assault laws when it reports later
The Attorney-General's office
is also working with two departments-Justice, and Families and
Communities - on a program of
judicial education about child
witnesses. The Government believes this program will form the
basis of information packages for
others working in litigation involving children as witnesses.
Atkinson has revealed the reform
agenda in a written answer to a
question from Australian Democrat MLC Kate Reynolds.
He says the agenda for child-
protection reform "is huge" and
is being overseen by a special
Inter-Ministenal Committee on
Care and Protection of Children.
Any special sexual assault
court is likely to be based on a
pilot court now operating in
Parramatta, New South Wales.
Mr Atkinson says one of the
working groups considering the
recommendations of the Layton
report into child protection had
suggested any SA move on a
specialist court should wait until
the NSW experiment had been
evaluated, possibly this year.
Mr Atkinson said: "Recent
changes to the way evidence is
taken from children and vulnerable witnesses in SA already allow our criminal courts to
provide a similar, or even more
protective, environment for
witnesses in such cases than occurs in the pilot NSW court. With
these and other changes being
developed by the Government to
the way vulnerable witnesses
give evidence, there may be no
need for a separate court dedicated to sexual assault."
Mr Atkinson says the Government supports the views expressed in the Layton report that
delays in child sexual assault
cases should be "kept to a
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