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New Laws To Stamp Out Violence At Public Events

The Andrews Labor Government today introduced new public order laws and harsher penalties to stamp out violence at protests or public events. The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Public Order) Bill 2016 will include new statutory offences of affray and violent disorder, and additional police powers to keep the community safe. The Control of Weapons Act currently […]

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Community Correction Order Laws In Force

New laws preventing courts from using community correction orders (CCOs) as a sentencing option for the most serious crimes, such as rape and murder, come into force today. Attorney-General Martin Pakula introduced the new laws in October last year to better align sentencing with community expectations. The Sentencing (Community Correction Order) and Other Acts Amendment […]

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Victoria Calls On Commonwealth To Reverse Savage Cuts

The Andrews Labor Government is calling on the Commonwealth Government to reverse its cruel cuts to Victorian community legal services. Federal funding for Victorian community legal centres has been slashed by nearly 30 per cent after the Commonwealth decided to axe support for the vital community services from 2017-18. Attorney-General Martin Pakula, Member for Batman […]

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New Laws To Boost Family Violence Protections

Victims of family violence will be better protected under new legislation introduced in Parliament today by the Andrews Labor Government. Responding to 11 recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence, the Family Violence Protection Amendment Bill 2017 will increase protections for women and children, and enhance the justice system’s response to family violence. The […]

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Four New Magistrates Appointed

Experience in family violence and prosecutions has been prioritised in the appointment for four new magistrates by the Attorney General Martin Pakula. The new appointees to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria are Tony Burns, Raj Malhotra, Thérèse McCarthy and Jacinta Dwyer. Tony Burns has a background in police prosecutions after working as a Senior Sergeant […]

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Reforms Continue To Improve Jury Directions

The Andrews Labor Government introduced new laws in Parliament today to further simplify and improve the way information is provided to juries in criminal trials. The Jury Directions and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2017 will clarify that jury parades are not an essential part of the jury empanelment process. The changes, introduced in Parliament today, […]

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Appointments To New Judicial Commission Board

The Andrews Labor Government has appointed four eminent Victorians to the Board of the Judicial Commission of Victoria, which will be up and running from July. To ensure the Commission is ready to start work from day one, Attorney-General Martin Pakula has appointed Claire Keating, Helen Silver, Graham Atkinson and Ross Herron to the Board. […]

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Making Civil Justice Fairer For Victorians

The Andrews Labor Government will look at ways to better protect Victorians from unfair risks and disproportionate costs when they seek to enforce their rights in court using litigation funders. Attorney-General Martin Pakula has asked the Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) to review the rules covering litigation funders to prevent unfair conduct in civil proceedings, […]

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Victoria’s Most Popular Baby Names Revealed

Charlotte reigned as queen of baby names for girls in 2016, while Oliver took the crown as most popular boys’ name for the third year in a row, according to the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Statistics revealed that Olivia, Mia, Amelia and Ava all remained in the top five most popular baby […]

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Government Seeks Special Leave To Appeal To The High Court

The Andrews Labor Government is seeking special leave to appeal the Court of Appeal’s decision regarding the Ombudsman’s jurisdiction to investigate a referral made by the Legislative Council. The Government is taking this action in the High Court to protect the architecture of Victoria’s integrity regime, particularly regarding the relationship between the Ombudsman and the […]

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