Witness protection comes to the Coroner’s Court amongst a raft of legal reform

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SIMON Corbell says witnesses in the Coroner’s Court have been given additional legal protections against self-incrimination consistent with the Human Rights Act under new laws passed today.

The Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 contains a number of amendments to courts and the justice systems in the ACT.

“By providing coronial witnesses with protections against self-incrimination, we ensure better outcomes for coronial inquests and enquiries,” Simon said.

“This is an important protection in itself but also improves the integrity of the coronial process.”

The Public Trustee has also been given powers to properly invest and protect a client’s superannuation account.

The Guardianship and Management of Property Act has also been amended to require the Public Trustee to provide an annual statement of accounts to a protected person or guardian where the Public Trustee has been has been appointed to act as manager on behalf of a protected person.

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