Topic: Justice

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 […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

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 […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Ararat Community To Have A Voice In New Secure Facility

The Community Advisory Group set up to oversee community consultation for a new secure facility in Ararat will meet for the first time tonight. The group will be chaired by former Ararat Rural City Council Mayor, Bill Jones and includes current Mayor, Paul Hooper, local residents and business owners, as well as senior members of […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Corrections, Western Victoria Region

More Support For Aboriginal Prisoners

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting programs that strengthen Aboriginal prisoners’ cultural connections and reduce recidivism through grants worth almost $2.5 million. Minister for Corrections Gayle Tierney announced the Kaka Wangity, Wangin-Mirrie Aboriginal cultural program grant recipients at the Aboriginal Justice Forum in Geelong tonight. The organisations delivering the culturally focused programs in prisons and […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Corrections

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 […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

New Site For Youth Justice Facility

Following close consultation with Wyndham City Council and community representatives, an alternative location for a youth justice facility to be built in Wyndham has been identified. The new site is located to the west of Werribee in the vicinity of Cherry Creek in Wyndham, with the facility creating up to 450 ongoing jobs for the […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Families and Children, Western Metropolitan Region

Synthetic Drugs Banned And Tough New Ice Laws

The Andrews Labor Government is today introducing laws that ban the sale and production of all synthetic drugs and give police greater powers to prosecute ice traffickers. The Labor Government continues to crack down on dealers who sell and supply dangerous, life-threatening drugs to our community. Currently, the only way to stop synthetic drugs is […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Police, Ministers, Premier

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 […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Neighbourhood Justice Centre Celebrates 10 Years

The Neighbourhood Justice Centre today celebrated its 10th anniversary of supporting the local community at a special event at the Melba Speigeltent in Collingwood. Since the centre opened its doors a decade ago, it has worked with local organisations and community members to tackle justice, crime and safety issues in the City of Yarra. Opened […]

Categories: Eastern Metropolitan Region, Location, Media Release, Parliamentary Secretary for Justice

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 […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release