The victims of child sexual assault will now be better supported through the courts with new laws paving the way for the pilot of Children’s Champions and the pre-recording of evidence, Attorney General Gabrielle Upton today announced.
The NSW Government will introduce the Criminal Procedure Amendment Bill 2015 which delivers on its election promise to pilot measures that better support the victims of child sexual assault including the use of Children’s Champions and the pre-recording of evidence.
Ms Upton said the victims of child sexual assault deserve our unwavering support, care and compassion, particularly during the stressful court process.
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“Children’s Champions will be there every step of the way to help the victims, as well as to communicate with Police and the courts to ensure children’s voices are heard,” Ms Upton said.
“Additionally, allowing victims to pre-record their evidence as early as possible will dramatically reduce the stress and trauma of being part of the court process.”
The three year pilot will operate in the NSW District Court in Newcastle and Sydney from 31 March next year.