Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

16 October 2015

Vanessa Goodwin, Attorney-General

Right to Second or Subsequent Appeal legislation a step forward for justice in Tasmania

The passing of the ‘Right to Appeal’ legislation through Parliament yesterday is a big step forward for justice in Tasmania.

The legislation introduces a modern legal approach in providing a second or subsequent right to appeal in circumstances where there is fresh and compelling evidence.

Tasmania, along with South Australia, now leads the nation in this area of the law.

I thank Members of Parliament for the unanimous support of the bill.

The new Right to Appeal provisions will apply only to the most serious of crimes.

If a convicted person satisfies the Court of Criminal Appeal that there is “fresh and compelling evidence” and that as a result there has been a substantial miscarriage of justice, the Court may enter an order of acquittal or order a retrial.

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