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New Deputy Chief Magistrate Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government has today announced the appointment of Magistrate Susan Wakeling as a Deputy Chief Magistrate. Magistrate Wakeling was appointed as a Magistrate on 30 June 2000. She has a long and distinguished career culminating in her current role as Regional Coordinating Magistrate at Melbourne, having previously been the Regional Coordinating Magistrate at […]

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Drug Court Expanded To Regional Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is expanding Victoria’s Drug Court program to improve community safety and reduce the rate of offending. To be introduced today, the Justice Legislation Amendment (Drug Court and Other Matters) Bill 2020 will amend the County Court Act 1958 and Sentencing Act 1991 to establish a Drug Court Division within the County […]

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Four New Appointments To The Magistrates’ Court

The Andrews Labor Government has today announced the appointment of Amina Bhai, Victoria Campbell, Andrew Halse and Helen Murphy to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria. Amina Bhai has been employed at the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) since 2009. Prior to her work in the OPP, she spent over 10 years in the Office of […]

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Protecting Emergency Workers From Harm

It will be even harder for people who assault emergency workers to use “special reasons” to avoid a jail term under new laws introduced into Parliament by the Andrews Labor Government. The Sentencing Amendment (Emergency Worker Harm) Bill 2020 will require courts to impose a sentence of imprisonment in all cases where an offender recklessly […]

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Victorian Guardianship Reforms Now Law

New legislation will commence from today to better protect the rights of adults with a disability to make and participate in decisions that affect their lives. The Guardianship and Administration Act 2019 presumes that a person has decision-making capacity unless evidence is provided to the contrary. It also recognises that a person has decision-making capacity […]

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Victoria To Have A Legislated Spent Convictions Scheme

The Andrews Labor Government has committed to introduce a legislated spent convictions scheme to ensure old criminal records for eligible offences do not impact on an individual’s opportunity to gain employment and rehabilitate. The commitment is part of the Labor Government’s response to recommendations of the Legislative Council Legal and Social Issues Committee’s Inquiry into […]

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New County Court Judge Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government has today announced the appointment of Fran Dalziel as a judge of the County Court. Ms Dalziel was admitted to legal practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia in 2001. She signed the Bar Roll in 2005. In 2012, she was appointed as a Crown […]

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New VCAT Venue For Oakleigh Opens Its Doors

The Andrews Labor Government is improving access to tribunal services, with a new Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) venue now open in Oakleigh. Attorney-General Jill Hennessy and Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos today officially launched VCAT’s new tribunal in Oakleigh, following extensive works to transform the existing two-level building on the site into a […]

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New Appointment To The Magistrates’ Court

The Andrews Labor Government has today announced the appointment of Kristen Rose to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria. Kristen Rose was admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria in April 2003 and signed the Bar Roll in November 2007. Ms Rose has appeared for private clients, government departments, […]

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Strengthening Traditional Owner Land Rights In Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government has reaffirmed its commitment to self-determination with a review of the legislation that recognises Traditional Owner land rights. Attorney-General Jill Hennessy joined Traditional Owners to launch the First Principles Review, which will seek to make improvements to the Traditional Owner Settlement Act. The Review, which will be undertaken in partnership with […]

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