5 Oct 2011

Victim bill passes first reading

9:00 pm on 5 October 2011

Legislation allowing children who are victims of crime to show their drawings to the court and giving them the right to submit a victim impact statement has passed its first reading in Parliament.

Justice Minister Simon Power says the bill gives victims greater scope to express their feelings in their own words.

He says the statements are often a victim's only chance to directly address the offender, and they should be able to do so without fear that their words will be censored so as not to cause offence.

The bill passed its first reading with unanimous support.