As you may be aware, the Tasmanian Parliament recently passed the Justice Legislation Amendments (Criminal Responsibility) Act 2020.
The Act amends section 13 of the Criminal Code and makes an addition to the Sentencing Act 1997. These amendments have been made in accordance with the Tasmanian Government’s commitment to respond to “one punch” type attacks as has occurred in other jurisdictions.
The Act can be viewed at www.legislation.tas.gov.au or at the Parliament of Tasmania website at
This Act received Royal Assent on 6 April 2020 however it commences on proclamation. As a valued legal stakeholder we wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that the proclamation has now been arranged for 1 July 2020.