Topic: Justice

Liberals Delay Crucial Bill On Youth Justice

The Andrews Labor Government’s legislation to crackdown on youth crime has been delayed by a posturing Liberal Party. For all their hyperbole about their commitment to “strengthening youth justice by stronger sentencing and less tolerance of bad behaviour,” the Liberals have again been found to be all bluff and bluster. Despite the Government adding an […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Families and Children

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 […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Protecting Victoria From Terror

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring Victoria Police and other law enforcement agencies have all the powers they need to protect the community from terrorism and violent extremism. Premier Daniel Andrews today announced that a new expert panel will carry out a root-and-branch review of the laws currently available to prevent, investigate, monitor and respond […]

Categories: Media Release, Premier

More Corrections Staff To Keep The Community Safe

The Andrews Labor Government’s record investment in community corrections is helping to keep Victorians safe with more staff added to the ranks. Minister for Corrections Gayle Tierney joined 38 new Advanced Case Managers at their graduation ceremony today – meaning there are now more than 900 Community Correctional Services (CCS) staff in Victoria. Today’s graduates […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Corrections

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 […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

New Squads To Target Organised Crime Gangs

The Andrews Labor Government has stepped up its fight against organised crime, with three new teams joining Victoria Police’s Anti-Gangs Division. Minister for Police Lisa Neville today announced that 20 new officers will be added to the Gang Crime Squad, who will investigate networked offending and organised crime, including outlaw motorcycle gangs and Middle Eastern […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Police

National Approach To Counter Terrorism To Keep Us Safe

Commonwealth security agencies will play a key role in any parole decisions relating to offenders on the terror watch list under a proposal to be tabled for discussion by the Victorian Government at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting on Friday. Victoria already has the toughest parole laws in the country, with the number […]

Categories: Media Release, Premier

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 […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Cracking Down On Illegal Guns

A new team of police investigators will target firearm crime across Victoria as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s crackdown to remove illegal guns from our streets and keep the community safe. Minister for Police Lisa Neville joined Assistant Commissioner Steve Fontana today to unveil the new team – the latest tool in the war […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Police

Victorian Community To Have Its Say On Sentencing

In an Australian first, the Andrews Labor Government will move to create a Sentencing Guidelines Council to engage with the community and provide guidance to the courts on sentencing for specific crimes. The Victorian model will be based on the highly successful sentencing councils in the United Kingdom and will be made up of judges […]

Categories: Media Release, Premier