A group of County Court judges is urging the state’s law reform body to give judges more discretion over who is placed on the sex offenders register.
In a submission to the Victorian Law Reform Commission, the County Court of Victoria said judges should have more powers to decide whether a convicted sex offender should be placed on the register and to expunge the registration of criminals who have previously been registered.
The only current exemption is for offenders under 19, who can apply to be kept off the register if they were 18 or 19 when they committed the crime. The County Court wants this exemption to be extended to older offenders.
Under current laws, adults convicted of sexual offences are automatically listed for a minimum of eight years while minors face a minimum registration of four years.