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Sexual Violence Legislation Bill

Introduced on Nov 11. The Bill amends the Evidence Act, Victims’ Rights Act, and Criminal Procedure Act with the intention of reducing the retraumatisation victims of sexual violence may experience when they attend court and give evidence. First reading Nov 14 and referred to the Justice Committee. Report back extended from May 14 to June 15. Reported back on June 20, 2020 with a large number of mainly technical changes. National expressed concern about a number of issues which they said put at risk the right to a fair trial. Second reading completed on Feb 25 with all parties in support, but National indicated it would be seeking changes in the committee stage. Committee stage completed on Dec 8 with National amendments voted down. Third reading on Dec 14 with all parties in favour. Sexual Violence Legislation Bill