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Legislation relating to forensic procedures

Links to the Act and regulations about forensic procedures.

Crimes Act 1958 (Vic)

This Act sets out the most serious offences and the maximum fine or term of imprisonment under Victorian law. Most of the offences in the Crimes Act are indictable offences. Indictable offences are usually those with a maximum penalty of 5 years jail, or more.

See Crimes Act 1958 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Crimes Act 1914 (Cth)

This Act relates to offences against the Commonwealth.

See Crimes Act 1914 (Cth)(opens in a new window).

Sex Offenders Registration Act 2004 (Vic)

This Act requires certain offenders who commit sexual offences to keep police informed of their whereabouts and other personal details for a period of time. It also facilitates the investigation and prosecution of any future offences that they may commit.

See Sex Offenders Registration Act 2004 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

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