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Coroners Act In the matter of the Coroner's Findings and Recommendations regarding the death of Ms Wendy Murphy and Ms Natalie McCormack dated 14 March 2017

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Title

Coroners Act In the matter of the Coroner's Findings and Recommendations regarding the death of Ms Wendy Murphy and Ms Natalie McCormack dated 14 March 2017

Other title

Tabled Paper 242

Collection

Tabled Papers for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT

Date

2017-03-16

Description

Deemed

Notes

Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory under Standing Order 240. Where copyright subsists with a third party it remains with the original owner and permission may be required to reuse the material.

Language

English

Subject

Tabled papers

File type

application/pdf

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Copyright

Copyright owner

See publication

License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2019C00042

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/271492

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/432582

Page content

- 3 Under section 46A of the Coroners Act, on receiving a report or recommendation from a coroner that contains comment relating to an to an Agency or the Police Force of the Northern Territory, the Attorney-General must, without delay, give a copy of the report or recommendation to the CEO of the relevant Agency or the Commissioner as required. The recommendations of the Coroner at paragraphs 266 and 267 of the Coronia! Findings are relevant to the Northern Territory Police Force. The Department of the Attorney-General and Justice and Territory Families are the relevant Agencies in respect of the recommendations at paragraphs 268 and 269, respectively. On 31 October 2016, in accordance with section 46A(1) of the Coroners Act, the Attorney-General wrote to the CEO of Territory Families and the Commissioner, attaching a copy of the Coroner's report. Response to Coroner's recommendations Under section 46B(1) of the Coroners Act, if a CEO or the Commissioner receives a copy of a report or recommendation under section 46A(1 ), the CEO or the Commissioner must, within three months after receiving the report or recommendation, give to the Attorney-General a written response to the findings in the report or to the recommendation. Under section 46B(2) of the Coroners Act, the response of the CEO or the Commissioner is to include a statement of the action that the Agency or the Police Force is taking, has taken or will take with respect to the Coroner's report or recommendation. By letters dated 27 January 2017 and 3 February 2017, respectively, the Commissioner and the CEO of Territory Families responded in accordance with section 46B of the Coroners Act (refer Attachments B and C respectively). The response of the Department of the Attorney-General and Justice is incorporated in this report. 266. Use of body-worn cameras and a change to the legislation so as to allow those matters captured on camera to be used as evidence-in-chief The responses from the Commissioner (refer Attachment B) and the Department of the Attorney-General and Justice advise that the following steps have been taken to address the recommendation of the Coroner at paragraph 266 of the Coronia! Findings: the roll-out of body-worn cameras to all Northern Territory Police Force members commenced in September 2016 and us nearing completion; and the development and introduction of the Justice Legislation Amendment (Body-worn Video and Domestic Violence Evidence) Bill 2016 to support the use of body-worn camera footage as a complainant's evidence-in-chief. The Bill was introduced in the November/December 2016 Sittings of the Legislative Assembly and amends: o the Surveillance Devices Act to ensure that there is no question about the legality of police recordings made using body-worn video; o the Evidence Act to provide that complainants in domestic violence offence proceedings are 'vulnerable witnesses' and are accorded the protections available to vulnerable witnesses as of right; and


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