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Two New Judges Appointed To The County Court

Attorney-General Martin Pakula today announced the appointment of Aileen Ryan QC and Paul Higham as judges of the County Court. Ms Ryan has more than 30 years’ legal experience and a wealth of knowledge in commercial law. A professional indemnity insurance law specialist, Ms Ryan was admitted to the Victorian Bar in 1992 and appointed […]

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Key Community Safety Reforms Pass Parliament

Two more major community safety reforms passed Parliament this week under the Andrews Labor Government. The Sentencing Amendment (Sentencing Standards) Bill 2017 will introduce a new sentencing regime to increase the jail terms for 12 of the most serious crimes. The reforms will replace current sentencing practice with higher sentencing standards more in line with […]

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New Chief Justice For Victoria

Attorney-General Martin Pakula today announced the appointment of the Honourable Justice Anne Ferguson as the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria. Justice Ferguson, a Victorian Court of Appeal judge, will take up her appointment in early October 2017, replacing retiring Chief Justice Marilyn Warren. Justice Ferguson was appointed to the Supreme Court […]

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New Laws To Support Body-Worn Cameras For Police

The Andrews Labor Government will introduce new laws in Parliament today to ensure police officers can legally use body-worn cameras in their daily duties. The Justice Legislation (Body-worn Cameras and Other Matters) Bill 2017 is the first tranche of legislation to support the use of body‐worn cameras when the devices are rolled out to frontline […]

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$7.1 Million For Community Legal Centres

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting community legal centres to deliver vital assistance to vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians, with a new grants round opening today. Victoria’s 50 community legal centres are encouraged to apply for a share of $7.1 million over two years from the Labor Government’s Community Legal Centre Assistance Fund, the Family Violence […]

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Review To Assist Traditional Owner Groups

The Andrews Labor Government is working to improve the process for Traditional Owner groups seeking to negotiate native title claims. Barrister and member of the Yuin people, Tim Goodwin, has been appointed to review the threshold stage under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010. The threshold stage requires Traditional Owner groups to demonstrate their traditional […]

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New County Court Judge Appointed

Attorney-General Martin Pakula today announced the appointment of Michael O’Connell SC as a judge of the County Court. Mr O’Connell was appointed to the Victorian Bar in 1990 and as Senior Counsel in 2008. During his 30-year legal career, he has been involved in several homicide, terrorism, white collar crime, sexual offences and occupational health […]

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Attorney-General Appoints Three New Magistrates

Attorney-General Martin Pakula has appointed three top barristers to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria today. Abigail Burchill, Carolyn Burnside and David Starvaggi have been appointed as magistrates after forging highly successful legal careers. Abigail Burchill was a senior solicitor with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions before joining the Victorian Bar in 2011. Ms Burchill […]

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Improving Access To Victims Of Crime Assistance Tribunal

The Andrews Labor Government is working to make it easier for victims of crime to access compensation through the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT). Attorney-General Martin Pakula today asked the Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) to broaden its current review of the way VOCAT engages with family violence victims to consider all victims of […]

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Improving Family Violence Support For Koori Communities

The Andrews Labor Government is providing more culturally appropriate services across the state’s justice system to help Aboriginal Victorians facing family violence. Attorney-General Martin Pakula attended the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service in Abbotsford today as part of NAIDOC Week and discussed the initiatives. As part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18, the Labor […]

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