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Victim impact statements—form and contents

    (1)     A victim impact statement for the offence must identify the victim to whom it relates.

    (2)     The statement must include the full name of the person who makes the statement.

    (3)     If the person who makes the statement is not the victim (or the victim's representative)—

        (a)     the statement must indicate that the victim does not object to the statement being made to the court; and

        (b)     if practicable, the victim (or representative) must sign the statement, or make a separate written or oral statement to the court, to verify that the victim does not object.

    (4)     If the victim to whom the statement relates is not a primary victim, the statement must identify the primary victim and state the nature and length of the victim's relationship with the primary victim.

    (5)     If the statement is made by a person who is not the victim, the statement must indicate the nature and length of the person's relationship with the victim.

    (6)     The statement may contain photographs, drawings or other images.

    (7)     The statement must not contain anything that is offensive, threatening, intimidating or harassing.

    (8)     This section does not prevent a victim impact statement being made by or for more than 1 victim.

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