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Inquiry Details

Operation of the Crimes (Forensic Procedures) Act 2000

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.

Crimes (Forensic Procedures) Act 2000 Second Reading Speech on the Bill - 20/6/00 Second Reading Speech on the Bill Continued - 21/6/00 Second Reading Speech on the Bill Continued - 21/6/00

According to Crimes (Forensic Procedures) Act 2000 section 123 [assented 5/7/2000] The Committee of the Legislative Council established under the name of the “Standing Committee on Law and Justice” is to inquire into and report on the operation of this Act and the regulations. The report is to be tabled in the Legislative Council as soon as possible after the end of the period of 18 months from the date of assent to this Act. Without limiting the matters that the Committee may take into account for the purposes of its enquiry and report, it may take into account the following: any relevant provisions of the Model Forensic Procedures Bill 1999 set out in Appendix 3 of the Discussion paper dated May 1999 prepared by the Model Criminal Code Officers Committee or of any State, Commonwealth or other law, the wider social and legal implications of use of information obtained from matching of DNA profiles derived from forensic material, the effectiveness of matching of DNA profiles as an investigative tool, the reliability of the matching of DNA profiles for the purposes of forensic identification. The Committee may make recommendations in its report about amendments that might appropriately be made to the Act to enhance its operation and provide further safeguards for the privacy and civil liberty of persons on whom forensic procedures are carried out, or proposed to be carried out, under the Act. The Committee is to furnish a copy of the report to the Ombudsman for consideration. The closing date for submissions will be 4 June 2001.

The Committee of the Legislative Council established under the name of the “Standing Committee on Law and Justice” is to inquire into and report on the operation of this Act and the regulations. The report is to be tabled in the Legislative Council as soon as possible after the end of the period of 18 months from the date of assent to this Act. Without limiting the matters that the Committee may take into account for the purposes of its enquiry and report, it may take into account the following: any relevant provisions of the Model Forensic Procedures Bill 1999 set out in Appendix 3 of the Discussion paper dated May 1999 prepared by the Model Criminal Code Officers Committee or of any State, Commonwealth or other law, the wider social and legal implications of use of information obtained from matching of DNA profiles derived from forensic material, the effectiveness of matching of DNA profiles as an investigative tool, the reliability of the matching of DNA profiles for the purposes of forensic identification. The Committee may make recommendations in its report about amendments that might appropriately be made to the Act to enhance its operation and provide further safeguards for the privacy and civil liberty of persons on whom forensic procedures are carried out, or proposed to be carried out, under the Act. The Committee is to furnish a copy of the report to the Ombudsman for consideration. The closing date for submissions will be 4 June 2001.


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