The Department of Justice and Regulation has prepared a document, Complicity Reforms, which explains the recent reform of the law of complicity contained in the Crimes Amendment (Abolition of Defensive Homicide) Act 2014. These changes will come into operation on 1 November 2014.
The law of complicity regulates when a person may be held criminally responsible for the actions of another person. These reforms are based on recommendations made in the report produced by the team led by the Honourable Justice Weinberg in August 2012.
The reforms have also been developed with the assistance of an expert Advisory Group, which includes high-level representatives from Victoria's courts, Office of Public Prosecutions, Victoria Legal Aid, the Victorian Bar, the Judicial College of Victoria, and two academics.
An electronic version of the Crimes Amendment (Abolition of Defensive Homicide) Act 2014 is available on the Victorian legislation and parliamentary documents website .