: New Evidence Act

New Evidence Act

Simon Rice
ACT

On 1 March 2012 the Evidence Act 2011 (the Act) commenced. The Act implements the model uniform evidence law which has been endorsed by all Australian Attorneys-General, and which has been implemented by the Commonwealth, NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

The new Act goes further than other States and Territories in that it incorporates the ‘journalist privilege’ contained in the Commonwealth Evidence Act 1995, and model provisions not adopted by the Commonwealth, such as a ‘professional confidential relationship privilege’, mutual recognition of self incrimination certificates, and a wider range of circumstances in which a person is taken to not be available to give evidence.

SIMON RICE teaches law at the ANU and chairs the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council.

(2012) 37(2) AltLJ 135
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