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Neil Mitchell fears judge’s ‘warning’ will strip victims of their voice

Neil Mitchell fears an “extraordinary” direction from the Children’s Court will strip crime victims of their voice.

The direction, from Amanda Chambers, has warned media not to identify witnesses to proceedings – including victims.

She said even pixelated images may not be used.

It’s got Neil Mitchell extremely concerned.

“I accept the intent – we don’t want to identify accused in the Children’s Court – but this is unworkable,” he said.

“The potential here is to take the voice from victims.

“For many years, the strongest complaint I’ve had consistently from victims of crime is that they feel they haven’t been heard.”

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He sought advice from media lawyer Justin Quill, who said he felt the legislation already went too far.

“But what this warning does – it goes further,” he said.

“It puts an interpretation on the legislation that goes way beyond what the legislation is designed to do, in my opinion and what it does do.”

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