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Legislation relating to witnesses

Legislation related to witnesses.

Summary Offences Act 1966 (Vic)

This Act governs minor Victorian offences that can be treated summarily.

See Summary Offences Act 1966 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Witness Protection Act 1991 (Vic)

This Act aims to provide protection and security for witnesses who are witnesses in criminal proceedings. This may include organising assumed identities. It applies to a witness regardless of which state or territory to proceedings are held.

See Witness Protection Act 1991 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Evidence Act 2008 (Vic)

This Act relates to the law of evidence and witnesses in Victoria, including oaths and affirmations and swearing of affidavits.

See Evidence Act 2008 (Vic)(opens in a new window) .

Supreme Court (General Civil Procedure) Rules 2015 (Vic)

These Rules apply to every civil proceeding in the Supreme Court and include their application, non-compliance, court process, service, appearance, pleadings, representation and summary of judgment.

See Supreme Court (General Civil Procedure) Rules 2015 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Evidence (Examination of Witnesses Outside the State) Regulations 2021 (Vic)

These regulations prescribe the courts and appropriate judicial authorities in other states and territories as defined in section 9G of the Evidence (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1958 (Vic). The appropriate judicial authorities are the Supreme Court of the ACT, NSW, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia. A judge of the Supreme Court is the prescribed judicial authority for the Northern Territory.

See Evidence (Examination of Witnesses Outside the State) Regulations 2021 (Vic)(opens in a new window).