Medical records of sexual assault survivors to be better protected under new laws

Defence lawyers in Victoria have been able to subpoena records without the person being told
Stuart Grimley, MP
Stuart Grimley, MP.

Sexual assault victims in Victoria will be given greater powers to prevent defence lawyers accessing their medical records in an attempt to undermine their credibility in court.

Back in 2016 and again last year, the Victorian Law Reform Commission warned that confidential patient records were being obtained via a subpoena without the alleged victim’s knowledge.