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Criminal Code Amendment Bill 2003

Bill No. 187
Long Title This Bill implements a number of significant reforms of the criminal law. The reforms serve to address deficiencies in the law which have been identified by the Standing Committee of Attorneys General (Murray Report of an extensive review of the Criminal Code (WA)). The substantive reforms are contained in Parts 2 to 8 of the Bill which includes - Part 2 - amendments to the Criminal Code in response to "paedophile sex tours" Part 3 - amendments to the Criminal Code in respect to unlawful assemblies, breaches of the peace and other offences against public authority Part 4 - amendments about infanticide. Reference to sentencing process for wilful murder and murder are no longer contained in this bill. They were deleted when the bill was divided and are now contained in Bill 231. Part 5 - concerns offences about endangering life or health; including a new specific offence of "female genital mutilation" Part 6 - addresses the crime of sexual servitude; Part 7 - reclassifies some indictable offences with the intention of pushing less serious indictable offences to the summary courts Part 8 - miscellanous amendments to the Criminal Code
Status Assented to
This Act comes into operation 28 days after it receives the Royal Assent - Royal Assent given 23 Apr 2004 as Act No. 4 of 2004
Current Bill
Legislative Assembly DateNote No.Related Documents
Introduced 04/03/2003  
First Reading 04/03/2003  
Second Reading 04/03/2003  
Second Reading Speech   
Second Reading Agreed 09/10/2003  
Consideration in Detail 09/10/2003  
Amendments adopted 09/11/2003 1 
Third Reading 09/18/2003  

Legislative Council DateNote No.Related Documents
First Reading 09/19/2003  
Second Reading 09/19/2003  
Second Reading Speech   
Second Reading Agreed 03/03/2004  
Committee of the whole 03/04/2004  
Amendments adopted 04/01/2004  
Third Reading 04/02/2004  

Messages Between Houses DateNote No.
Legislative Council sent to the Legislative Assembly  04/06/2004  

Other Procedures DateNote No.Related Links
Bill divided into two bills  09/10/2003 1 
Referred to the Standing Committee on Uniform Legislation and General Purposes.  09/19/2003 2 
Amendments agreed to by Legislative Assembly  04/07/2004  

1. Bill divided into two Bills (refer to Bill 231).
2. Referred to Standing Committee on Uniform Legislation and General Purposes under SO 230A on 19/09/2003 to report back within 30 days. Time to report extended to 12/11/2003. Time to report extended to 5/12/2003. Twelfth Report tabled on 2/12/2003.