Andrew L. Urban.
Victoria, as of November 14, 2019, has joined South Australia and Tasmania as states where a further right to appeal is now in place, subject to fresh and compelling evidence.
Victorian Attorney-General Jill Hennessy said in a statement, “These new laws are about delivering Victorians the modern, efficient and fair appeals system they deserve. Convicted persons will now have a right to appeal their conviction if fresh and compelling evidence of a potential substantial miscarriage of justice comes to light – and the courts rather than politicians will consider that appeal, openly and transparently.”
Second appeals will only be available in exceptional circumstances, and applicants will have to show that their case meets very strict legal criteria before they will be able to have their appeal heard.