From today's Herald:
The justice system could be tilted to make it easier to convict sex offenders if the Government adopts proposals in a controversial taskforce report.
The report from the two-year taskforce for action on sexual violence, issued yesterday, would reverse the usual rules of evidence for sex cases only - disclosing previous offences and complaints against an accused offender, directing juries that they may draw an "adverse inference" if an accused opts to stay silent, and directing them that "beyond reasonable doubt" does not mean "no doubt" that the accused is guilty.
Other proposals include full funding for rape crisis agencies and an entitlement to two years of counselling for all sex abuse victims - a stark contrast to new Accident Compensation Corporation rules restricting counselling to victims with diagnosed mental illnesses and for a maximum of 16 weeks at a time.
Sorry I don't have time to write more about this (and won't until next week, so any other THMers feel free to pick this up!), but do check it out - there are some real fish hooks mentioned in the article and they are only proposals at this stage (which is probably good, I'm personally uncomfortable about the one about negative inference from silence on the part of the accused).