Should people have the right to have their crimes forgotten?
Australians who commit crimes can be ‘forgotton’ by the system after a certain period of time, in most states in Australia.
Victoria is one such state where what people have done in the past can continue to haunt them, well after this part of their life is done.
Back in 2004 Victoria was set to put in place a system to do this, but put it off with the hope of a country-wide system being put it place. This did not happen.
The Law Institute of Victoria has proposed Victoria finally follow this road and allow those who commit minor offences to have their names forgotten after 10 years – or 3 if they were minors.
David Ross has the story.