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New Victoria Legal Aid Chair Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of Bill Jaboor as the new Chair of Victoria Legal Aid. With a distinguished public sector career as CEO of local governments at Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Shepparton and Benalla, Mr Jaboor has helped drive education, employment and development projects in Melbourne’s West and across the state for […]

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Giving A Voice To Victims Of Crime

The Andrews Labor Government today announced it will introduce new laws to make it easier for victims of crime to share their stories and experiences publicly. The Labor Government will amend the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 to clarify the current law and change the way that publication restrictions in the Children’s Court apply […]

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Laws To Crack Down On Youth Crime Pass Parliament

The Andrews Labor Government’s legislation to crackdown on youth crime passed Parliament yesterday. The Children and Justice Legislation (Youth Justice Reform) Bill 2017 was introduced in May as part of Victoria’s largest ever suite of legislative measures to keep the community safe. Under the Labor Government’s reforms, young offenders will face longer detention periods of […]

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New Fines Scheme To Support Family Violence Victim Survivors

Victim survivors of family violence will no longer be unfairly liable for fines incurred by perpetrators, under a new scheme introduced into Parliament by the Andrews Labor Government today. The Fines Reform Amendment Bill 2017 completes the implementation of two key recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence (112 and 113) and will create […]

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New Legal Services Commissioner Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of Fiona McLeay as Victoria’s new Legal Services Commissioner. Ms McLeay is an experienced senior executive, lawyer and board director, and will replace long-serving Commissioner Michael McGarvie who steps down on 26 September. The appointment is a dual role and Ms McLeay will also serve as CEO […]

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Two New Appointments To The Magistrates’ Court

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of Fran Medina and Rodney Higgins to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria. Ms Medina has more than 26 years’ experience in family law, as well as commercial, property and general litigation. Ms Medina has also worked as a Legal Aid Panel Solicitor for family law and family […]

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New Website To Help Victims Navigate Justice System

Victims of crime and witnesses will find it easier to navigate the criminal justice system thanks to a new Office of Public Prosecutions’ website launched by the Andrews Labor Government today. Funded through the Labor Government’s $18.9 million package for the Office of Public Prosecutions in the Victorian Budget 2017/18, the new website links victims […]

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New Laws To Crackdown On Violence At Events In Force

The Andrews Labor Government’s new public order laws to crack down on violent behaviour at protests and public events are now in force. The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Public Order) Act 2017 commenced yesterday and creates two new offences of affray and violent disorder, and gives police more powers to protect the community. Under the Labor […]

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Child Witness Service Marks A Decade Of Helping Kids

Victoria’s Child Witness Service today marked a decade of providing support to young people who have been victims of or witnesses to violent crimes. More than 6,000 children, families and caregivers have received support from the Service since it was founded in 2007 under the then Labor Government in response to a Victorian Law Reform […]

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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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