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Photo identification to streamline evidence process

29 November 2012

Photo identification is to be given equal legal status with Police line ups for criminal suspect identification in police and court proceedings.

Attorney General John Rau will introduce the Evidence (Identification) Amendment Bill 2012 in Parliament following approval by Cabinet.

The Bill puts photographic and video identification (including still or moving digital images) on an even footing with Police line ups in order to increase police efficiency and provide less stress for victims of crime.

Under the Evidence (Identification) Amendment Bill 2012 police will be able to use technology such as PowerPoint presentations or mobile data terminals located within vehicles to present photographs to victims and witnesses.

The move is expected to increase the efficiency of police investigations; relieve victims of the trauma of having to see an offender in the flesh and free up valuable police resources.