Topic: Justice

New Authority To Keep Watch Over Serious Offenders

The Andrews Labor Government is establishing a new statutory authority to keep watch over the state’s most serious offenders – a key recommendation of the Harper Review. The Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Amendment (Governance) Bill 2017 will be introduced into Parliament today to create the Post Sentence Authority. The authority will provide independent […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Corrections

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 […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

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 […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

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 […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

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 […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Building A Modern Youth Justice System

The Andrews Labor Government is building a strong and stable youth justice system by recruiting more staff, providing better training and offering more targeted programs to reduce the risk of re-offending. The Labor Government today released the first comprehensive independent review of Victoria’s youth justice system in 17 years to help strengthen and modernise Victoria’s […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Families and Children

$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 […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

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 […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

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 […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

$7.6 Million Boost To Help Address Youth Crime

The Andrews Labor Government has announced $7.6 million in grants to help local communities tackle youth crime and repeat offending by intervening early and diverting young people from crime. As a part of the Government’s record investment, the Youth Crime Prevention Grants help local communities tackle the underlying causes of youth crime and repeat offending […]

Categories: Media Release, Parliamentary Secretary for Justice