In 2009, as a community law reform project, the Commission initiated a review of the processes of supporting young people in custody during police interviews.
The review examined the role of independent persons who attend police interviews with young people when the young person's parent or guardian is unable to attend.
The project was suggested to the Commission by the Youth Referral and Independent Person Program (YRIPP), the Centre for Multicultural Youth and the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria. These organisations argued that a lack of clarity in the law had led to differing opinions about the role and responsibilities of independent persons.
The Commission released a background paper in July 2009 explaining current law and practice. It conducted 33 consultations and received 24 submissions.
The Commission launched its report on 29 June 2011. The report includes 24 recommendations for reform to the processes for supporting young people in custody during police interviews.
In particular, the Commission called for the expansion of the successful YRIPP pilot scheme throughout the state. It also recommends that legislation clearly describe the role of independent persons and detail the consequences of failing to arrange for an independent person to attend an interview.