This article originally appeared on the Australian Lawyers Alliance website on 9 Oct 2020.



Laws surrounding body-worn police cameras in Victoria need urgent revision so that access to video footage cannot be denied in civil proceedings, says the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA).

“Body-worn police camera footage will often contain critical evidence that is needed in civil litigation matters to allow the courts to make decisions and determine damages,” said Mr Jeremy King, Victorian State President, ALA.

“The law in Victoria needs urgent revision to allow for the disclosure of body-worn camera footage in civil matters. This will impact a wide range of civil cases from traffic accident claims to issues of police behaviour and other abuses of power.