Category: Attorney-General

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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New Judges Appointed To The County Court

The Andrews Labor Government has today announced the appointments of Elizabeth Brimer SC and George Georgiou SC as judges of the County Court. Ms Brimer signed the Bar Roll in 1999 and was appointed Senior Counsel in November 2018. She has extensive experience in civil, criminal, commercial administrative and OH&S law, and has appeared in […]

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New Judge Appointed To The Supreme Court

The Andrews Labor Government has today announced the appointment of Jacinta Forbes QC as Victoria’s newest Supreme Court judge. Ms Forbes joined the Victorian Bar in 2000 and was appointed Queens Counsel in 2014. She has extensive senior legal experience including specialisation in areas of professional negligence, personal injury, product liability and general common law […]

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New Appointment To Judicial Commission Of Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of Dr Helen Szoke AO as a member of the Judicial Commission of Victoria. Dr Szoke has announced her retirement, effective from 16 August, from her position as the Chief Executive Officer for Oxfam Australia, where she has led a distinguished career in the fields of human […]

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Appointment Of New Deputy State Coroner

The Andrews Labor Government has today announced the appointment of Caitlin English as Deputy State Coroner. With a legal career spanning three decades – including the last five years at the Coroners Court of Victoria – Ms English brings extensive experience to the role. She has overseen coronial inquests into a range of important and […]

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Have Your Say On Defamation Law Overhaul

Members of the public are encouraged to have their say on a major overhaul of the model defamation laws to ensure they are working as intended. The Defamation Working Party, which was established by the Council of Attorneys-General, has released a discussion paper to assess whether the existing laws remain fit for purpose, particularly with […]

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Statement On The Passing Of The Hon Philip Cummins AM

On behalf of the Victorian Government, I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of The Hon Philip Cummins AM and offer my condolences to his family during this difficult time. In a legal career spanning more than 60 years, as a lawyer, judge, educator and researcher, Mr Cummins made an important and tireless […]

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First Stage Of Suppression Order Overhaul Begins

New reforms by the Andrews Labor Government will help victims of sexual or family violence offences who want to speak publicly about their experiences, as part of changes introduced into Parliament. The Open Courts and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2019, which will be re-introduced into Parliament today, will amend exiting laws to reinforce the presumption […]

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Statement On The Royal Commission Into Informants

The Royal Commission has advised the Government of new details which have led to the Royal Commission’s terms of reference being amended. The Commission has advised that information willingly disclosed to it by Victoria Police indicates that the informant at the centre of this matter was first registered in 1995 and that there are further […]

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