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Key developments

  • Criminal Justice Reforms
  • Child sexual assault reform
  • Rural Issues Conference
  • Law Council’s Justice Project – Children and Young People
  • Modern slavery in supply chains reporting requirement
  • Inquiry into the Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2017
  • Family and Community Services Draft Aboriginal Targeted Earlier Intervention Strategy
  • Reparations for Stolen Generations in NSW
  • Review of the State Insurance and Care Governance Act 2015
  • NSW Inquiry into the retirement village sector
  • Inquiry into the law on contempt

Criminal Justice Reforms

The Criminal Law Committee contributed to a submission to the Shadow Attorney General and Cross Bench members summarising the Law Society’s concerns with Bills on early guilty pleas, sentencing, parole and high risk offenders.

The Law Society has been involved in on-going consultations with the Department of Justice on the areas of law covered by the various pieces of legislation since early 2016.

The Greens moved amendments to the parole and early guilty pleas Bills consistent with the Law Society submissions; however, the Bills passed without amendment and received assent on 24 October 2017.

The reforms will take effect from early to mid-2018.

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