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Legal Grants To Support Vulnerable Victorians

Women and children escaping family violence and Victorians with mental illness are among those who will benefit from the Andrews Labor Government’s funding boost for organisations providing legal assistance and programs. Attorney-General Martin Pakula announced $4.55 million in grants today on the 10th anniversary of the Victorian Legal Services Board grant funding program. Under the […]

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Major Review Of Victoria’s Committal System

The Andrews Labor Government will review Victoria’s committal system to help reduce victims’ trauma, ensure rights to a fair trial and improve the efficiency of the criminal justice system. Attorney-General Martin Pakula today asked the Victorian Law Reform Commission to review and report on the state’s committal system. In Victoria, committal proceedings are held before […]

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Taungurung People Recognised As Traditional Owners

The Andrews Labor Government has signed an agreement formally recognising the Taungurung people as the traditional owners of a large area of central Victoria. The agreement is the outcome of more than three years of negotiations, and covers an area stretching from Rochester and Kyneton in the west to Bright in the east, and Euroa […]

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Major Review Of Contempt Of Court Laws

Victoria’s contempt of court laws will be examined under a major review commissioned by the Andrews Labor Government. The Labor Government has asked the Victorian Law Reform Commission to review contempt of court laws and consider whether they need to be modernised to enhance public confidence in the justice system and allow for clearer enforcement. […]

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Kyneton Law Court Re-Opens After Security Upgrade

The Andrews Labor Government has delivered safer and more secure court facilities in Kyneton, as well as important building upgrades. Attorney-General Martin Pakula and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas re-opened the heritage Kyneton Law Court today following the completion of a major $2 million redevelopment. The court will resume sitting on Monday, 15 October and […]

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Three New Magistrates Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of Alanna Duffy, Timothy Hoare and Constantinos Kilias to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria. Alanna Duffy has been a barrister since 2004, specialising mainly in employment and administrative law. She is also a Deputy President of the Police Registration and Services Board, and Chair of the Harness […]

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Delivering A Safer Courthouse For Seymour

The Andrews Labor Government has delivered a safer courthouse in Seymour through a safety and security upgrade. Attorney-General Martin Pakula today visited Seymour with Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes to inspect the $326,000 upgrades at the Seymour Law Court, which were completed in June this year. Built in 1974, the Seymour Law Court hears […]

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Tougher Counter-Terrorism Laws Now In Effect

New, stronger counter-terrorism laws to better protect Victorians from terror attacks have now commenced. The Justice Legislation Amendment (Terrorism) Bill 2018, the bulk of which commenced today, allows for preventative detention of terror suspects by police for up to four days, creates a presumption against bail and parole for those who pose a terrorism risk, […]

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New Appointment To Office Of Chief Examiner

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of Sally Winton as an examiner with the Office of the Chief Examiner. Ms Winton is currently the Public Access Deputy Commissioner in the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner, where she has worked since September 2017. She played a key role in the establishment of the […]

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New Appointment To Coroners Court

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of barrister Simon McGregor as a new coroner of the Coroners Court of Victoria. Mr McGregor has an extensive legal career spanning 24 years after being admitted to practice in 1994 and becoming a member of the Victorian Bar in 1997. He has appeared in a range […]

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