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Intimidation of witnesses offence

It is a specific offence for a person to intimidate, or take reprisals against a person because of their involvement in a criminal investigation or proceeding.

From 5 October 2016 a new offence has been added to the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic), which makes it a specific offence for a person to intimidate, or take reprisals against a person because of their involvement in a criminal investigation or proceeding. This will apply to witnesses who are involved in a criminal investigation, or just thought to be involved.

The maximum penalty will be 10 years jail.

See s. 257—Crimes Act 1958(opens in a new window) and Witness Protection Amendment Bill 2016 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

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