On 2 September 2020 the applications of Dassi Erlich, Nicole Meyer and Elly Sapper were heard by the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria. The applications related to their seeking permission from the Court to identify themselves as persons against whom a sexual offence is alleged to have been committed. Changes made to the Judicial Proceedings Reports Act earlier this year dictated that a person against whom a sexual offence was committed was not able to identify themselves as a victim of the sexual offence if the criminal case was still pending, except with the leave of the Court.
Mazzeo lawyers are pleased to report that Magistrate Metcalf has granted permission to Dassi, Nicole and Elly to identify themselves as victims of child abuse, so that they are able to keep sharing their story. Mazzeo Lawyers continues to support Dassi, Nicole and Elly in their fight for justice.
You can read more about Magistrate Metcalf’s decision and the implications of the Judicial Proceedings Reports Act here.