Information relating to the Peter Ellis case

Ross Francis made this Official Information request to Ministry of Justice

Response to this request is long overdue. By law Ministry of Justice should have responded by now (details and exceptions). The requester can complain to the Ombudsman.

From: Ross Francis

Dear Ministry of Justice,

In June 2003, a petition on behalf of Peter Ellis was presented to Parliament’s Justice and Electoral Select Committee.

Please supply me with the Justice Ministry’s submission to that committee, any oral material that it provided the committee (and vice versa), and its responses to questions from the committee (and vice versa). Please note that this request includes but is not limited to emails, deleted emails, file notes, letters, faxes and any other communication between the committee and the ministry.

In 2005, the Justice and Electoral Select Committee recommended that “section 340 of the Crimes Act 1961 be amended so that, in an adversarial environment, multiple allegations of sexual crimes substantially based on the evidence of more than one complainant should not be included in an indictment without very close consideration of the risk of the jury drawing a conclusion from the totality of the charges rather than the necessary detailed examination of each allegation.”

Has the Crimes Act been amended as per the committee’s recommendation?

Yours faithfully,

Ross Francis

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Ministry of Justice

Good morning,

this is an email to let you know we have received your request and you will be provided with a response in due time (forecasted to be on or before 13 Feb).

Kind regards,


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