‘Open justice’: Lawyer calls for juvenile offenders turned adults to be named
There are fresh calls to reveal the name of juveniles who commit serious crimes, once they reach adulthood, whilst protecting small-time offenders.
Currently, the names of all juvenile offenders are suppressed and never revealed, even after they turn 18.
The 2005 murder of Tania Burgess sparked The Ben Fordham Show campaign to allow childhood offenders to be named once they reach adulthood.
Tania’s parents have started a petition to name their daughter’s killer, receiving more than 100,000 signatures.
Victim’s Advocate Howard Brown told Ben Fordham the law was aimed at juvenile’s who commit minor offences but was drafted up to include everyone.
Lawyer Sam Macedone tells Ben Fordham the law needs to be defined in order to separate minor offences from serious offences.
“Where do we stand with open justice when all this is happening?
“If you deal with these people you need to know who you are dealing with.”
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