Category: Attorney-General

Major Reforms To Overhaul Bail System Pass Parliament

The Andrews Labor Government’s legislation to toughen Victoria’s bail system and give a higher priority to community safety passed Parliament this week. The Bail Amendment (Stage One) Bill 2017 was introduced last month as part of Victoria’s largest ever suite of legislative measures to crack down on crime and keep the community safe. The reforms […]

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Senior Crown Prosecutor Appointed To County Court

Attorney-General Martin Pakula today announced the appointment of Senior Crown Prosecutor Douglas Trapnell QC as a new judge of the County Court. Mr Trapnell brings more than 30 years of legal experience to his new role, including 14 years spent as a Senior Crown Prosecutor and Crown Prosecutor for the Office of Public Prosecutions. After […]

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New Laws To Simplify Legal Processes For Victorians

The Andrews Labor Government is making it easier for Victorians to make oaths, affirmations and affidavits. The Oaths and Affirmations Bill 2017 introduced today will consolidate, modernise and streamline legal processes to improve accessibility and equality before the law. The reforms will ensure that some people, who are capable of giving evidence, are not confused […]

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New Laws To Improve Court Safety And Jury Selection

The Andrews Labor Government introduced new laws in Parliament today to make Victorian courts safer and reduce potential discrimination against women during jury selection. The Justice Legislation Amendment (Court Security, Juries and Other Matters) Bill 2017 will give Court Security Officers (CSOs) stronger powers to keep the community safe, particularly vulnerable victims and witnesses. CSOs […]

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Biggest Ever Shake Up To Target Violent Crime

Victoria’s largest ever suite of legislative measures will be introduced today to crackdown on serious offenders, toughen sentences for serious and violent crimes, and increase consequences for young offenders, as the Andrews Labor Government takes further steps to keep the community safe. The Bail Amendment (Stage One) Bill 2017; the Children and Justice Legislation (Youth […]

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Major Investment To Improve Access To Justice

Disadvantaged Victorians will have better access to legal advice, support and information, thanks to a $34.7 million injection from the Andrews Labor Government. The funding is part of the Labor Government’s response to the Access to Justice Review, which made 60 recommendations aimed at reducing the barriers disadvantaged people face when accessing the legal system. […]

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Top Judge To Continue As VCAT President

Attorney-General Martin Pakula today announced the extension of the Honourable Justice Greg Garde AO RFD as President of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) for a further year. Justice Garde was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court and President of VCAT in 2012. During his time, Justice Garde has overseen a number […]

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Magistrate Appointed As County Court Judge

Attorney-General Martin Pakula has today announced the appointment of Carolene Gwynn as a new judge of the County Court. The former Magistrate will join the County Court after more than 20 years of experience in criminal and family law proceedings. Ms Gwynn was appointed to the Magistrates’ Court in 2015 and was a gazetted Family […]

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Community Safety The Priority In Bail System Overhaul

The Andrews Labor Government will make it harder than ever for serious offenders to get bail in Victoria and community safety will be given a much higher priority in a complete overhaul of the state’s bail system. Under the reforms, there will be a presumption against bail for serious violent offences and sexual offences, police […]

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Supporting Victims Of Crime In The Justice System

Victims of crime will be better protected and supported through the justice system under a suite of new measures announced by the Andrews Labor Government today. As part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18, the Labor Government is delivering $28.5 million to boost the number of frontline staff and support services for victims, witnesses and vulnerable […]

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