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New information sharing rules for courts

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Newstalk ZB staff,
Publish Date
Tue, 1 Sep 2015, 4:21pm

New information sharing rules for courts

Author
Newstalk ZB staff,
Publish Date
Tue, 1 Sep 2015, 4:21pm

UPDATED 6.20pmThe Justice Minister's making it clear that safety is much more important than privacy when it comes to dealing with family violence.

Amy Adams has announced a new range of initiatives today that will require better information sharing between the Family and Criminal Courts when it comes to family violence cases.

She said they're changing the current rules that Courts operate under outside the Privacy Act framework, and striking a balance between having information tightly held and keeping people safe.

 

"Safety trumps privacy, and we have to think differently about locking information down when the potential threat of that is people getting seriously hurt or killed."

She said the new rules will give judges access to more information - such as affidavits, victim impact statements, and fact summaries from previous proceedings - that they previously did not have easy access to.

Amy Adams said criminal court judges will also be given more access to case information from the Family Court.

Previously it could only be shared if a protection order was in place when a family violence offence was committed.

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