Inquiry into Child Sexual Assault Prosecutions

This inquiry is a completed Legislative Council inquiry conducted by the Law and Justice Committee.   The Committee was first established on 24 May 1995. The Committee was re-appointed on 25 May 1999 for the previous Parliament. It is anticipated that the Committee will be reappointed during the first session of the current Parliament.

The functions of the Committee are to inquire into, consider and report on matters concerned with legal and constitutional issues including law reform, parliamentary matters, criminal law and administrative law; issues arising in connection with the New South Wales criminal justice system, including matters concerned with Attorney General, police and corrective services and juvenile justice; industrial relations; emergency services and fair trading.


Timeline (click to show)

Referred: 11 Dec 2001
    » Call for submissions: 22 Dec 2001
    » Submissions close: 15 Feb 2002
        » Final Report Published: 13 Nov 2002

Reports and Government Responses (click to show)

Hearings and Transcripts (click to show)

DateName of Document
26/03/2002Public Hearing 1
03/04/2002Public Hearing 2
19/04/2002Public Hearing 3
23/04/2002Public Hearing 4
24/04/2002Public Hearing 5
02/05/2002Public Hearing 6
03/05/2002Public Hearing 7
10/05/2002Public Hearing 8
17/05/2002Public Hearing 9
09/07/2002Public Hearing 10

Submissions (click to show)

The closing date for submissions was 15 February 2002

Contact Us (click to show)

This is a completed inquiry. The contacts below are historical only.

Inquiry Terms of Reference (click to show)

11 December, 2001, 2nd Session, Minutes No. 139, Item 15

The Standing Committee on Law and Justice is to inquire into and report on:
The circumstances surrounding the prosecution of child sexual assault matters, including:
  1. communication between the police and the complainant, and the complainant and the prosecution concerning the consequences of pursuing a prosecution for child sexual assault;
  2. the role of sexual assault counsellors in the complaint process
  3. the impact of the application of the rules of evidence, other legislative provisions and court practices in prosecutions for child sexual assault offences
  4. alternative procedures for the prosecution of child sexual assault matters including alternative models for the punishment of offenders
  5. possible civil responses to perpetrators and victims of child sexual assault
  6. appropriate methods of sustaining ongoing dialogue between the community, government and non-government agencies about issues of common concern with respect to child sexual assault; and
  7. any related matter concerning approaches to child sexual assault in the justice system.
Closing date for submissions is Friday 15 February 2002