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Susan Leahy
'Victims' Rights: An Agenda for Change'
“Sexual Offences Law Reform in the Shadow of the Victims’ Directive: Reflections on the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2014”
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The General Scheme of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2014 is a welcome and long-awaited development and contains important and necessary improvements for victims of sexual offences such as regulation of disclosure of counselling records. However, in its current format, the proposed legislation falls short in a number of ways, especially in light of introduction of the Victims’ Rights Directive and the greater protection and respect which is to be afforded to victims as a result. Many important reforms of both substantive and procedural rules relating to sexual offences have been omitted. In its current format, the Bill fails to address many of the concerns with the current law which have been identified by both commentators and stakeholders repeatedly since the Criminal Law (Rape) Act 1981 and the Criminal Law (Rape) (Amendment) Act 1990 were enacted. This paper considers some important and necessary reforms which have been omitted from the Bill and highlights ways in which victims’ rights may to be more adequately realised by Irish sexual offences law reform.
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