Australia: New legislation – priests must violate the Seal or face jail
It believe it is more important now than ever that we return to the old-fashioned confessionals with a complete physical barrier between the penitent and confessor, with a window having a fixed grate and a curtain or something to obscure view that the penitent cannot touch or move. Thus, anonymity of the penitent is secured the penitent has no physical access to the priest.
I shudder at the thought of what I call “law suit rooms”, especially those where the penitent winds up between the priest and the door and there is no window.
From the Australian site The Age:
Laws forcing priests