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Supporting Community Legal Centres To Reach More People

The Andrews Labor Government is backing the work of Victoria’s Community Legal Centres with more funding to help them support more Victorians. The second round of Integrated Services Fund grants, worth $1.8 million, will support the extension of partnerships between Community Legal Centres and other service providers like health services, and consumer groups. Integrated services […]

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Statement On Royal Commission Progress Report

The Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants has today provided its Progress Report to the Governor of Victoria. The report highlights the significance and complexity of the Commission’s task. The report outlines the key events that led to the establishment of the Commission, the work it has undertaken to date and how it […]

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Statement On Petition For Mercy On Behalf Of Faruk Orman

In February 2019, I received a petition for mercy on behalf of Faruk Orman, who in 2009 was convicted of murder in the Supreme Court of Victoria. Detailed submissions and extensive evidence in support of the petition were provided to me by Mr Orman’s lawyers in April and May 2019. I subsequently sought independent advice […]

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New Appointment To The Coroners Court

The Andrews Labor Government has today announced the appointment of Sarah Gebert as a coroner of the Coroners Court of Victoria. Ms Gebert is highly regarded for her extensive legal experience and commitment to justice and will bring her strong sense of compassion to the new role, which will see her dealing with families experiencing […]

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Fairer Birth Certificates For Trans And Gender Diverse Victorians

Trans and gender diverse Victorians wanting to alter the sex recorded on their birth certificate will no longer need to undergo gender affirmation surgery under reforms from the Andrews Labor Government. The Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Amendment Bill 2019, to be introduced into Parliament today, is part of providing a fairer Victoria for our […]

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Landmark Reforms To Better Support Abuse Victims

Survivors of institutional abuse will be able to apply to the courts to overturn unfair historical compensation payments under new landmark reforms. The Andrews Labor Government will amend the Limitation of Actions Act 1958 (Vic) to give discretion to a court to set aside a past deed of release or court judgment relating to child […]

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Guardianship Reform Laws Pass Parliament

The biggest changes to Victoria’s guardianship and administration laws in more than 30 years have passed the Parliament thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. The Guardianship and Administration Act 2019 will better protect the right of adults with a disability whose decision-making capacity might be impaired to make and participate in decisions that affect their […]

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Statement On The Royal Commission Into Informants

The reporting timelines for the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants will be extended after a request from the Royal Commission. The Royal Commission will now provide a progress report to Government by 1 July 2019. It will complete all hearings in March 2020, with a final report to be provided to the […]

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Suppression Order Overhaul Passes Parliament

Victims of sexual or family violence who want to speak publicly about their experiences will have more freedom to do so thanks to new laws from the Andrews Labor Government. The Open Courts and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2019, which passed Parliament today, amends existing laws to reinforce the presumption in favour of open justice […]

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Two New Magistrates Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government has today announced the appointment of two new magistrates to the Victorian Magistrates’ Court. Suzette Dootjes and Shiva Pillai have years of diverse legal experience and will begin their judicial appointments on 30 April 2019. Ms Dootjes was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1983 and has worked for […]

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