The recent introduction of Evidence Amendment (Tendency and Coincidence) Bill 2020 (NSW) by the NSW Government, likely to be soon followed in Victoria, expressly and aggressively lowers further the threshold for admissibility of tendency evidence insofar as it relates to child sex offences.
Following on the heels of the High Court’s recent tendency rulings, the proposed legislation turns up the heat on the debate about whether that threshold has been lowered too far or doesn’t go far enough, whether this discrete aspect of evidence law should be fragmented, and amplifies the disconnect between modern tendency law and the underlying principles developed through more than a century of common law.
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