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Reviews To Address Sexual Harassment In Courts And Law

Practices to prevent and address sexual harassment across the state’s courts and VCAT will be closely examined as part of a review announced today by the Victorian Government. The review has been jointly initiated with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria and Chair of the Courts Council, and will identify ways to […]

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Improving Aboriginal Justice Outcomes

Aboriginal and government leaders from across Victoria are taking part in the 56th Aboriginal Justice Forum (AJF) to discuss ways to reduce the overrepresentation of Aboriginal Victorians across the justice system. The AJF brings together leaders in the Aboriginal community and senior government representatives to oversee development, implementation, monitoring and direction of the Aboriginal Justice […]

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New Appointment To The Victorian Law Reform Commission

One of Victoria’s most experienced judges has been appointed to the Victorian Law Reform Commission. The Victorian Government has announced the appointment of the Hon. Jennifer Coate AO, who brings to the Commission 35 years of experience across five court jurisdictions. It also announced the reappointment of Gemma Varley PSM, who has served as a […]

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New Laws To Improve Access To Justice Pass Parliament

Changes to improve access to justice and make it easier to bring class actions for silicosis, wage theft and other forms of wrongdoing are now law, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. The Justice Legislation Miscellaneous Amendments Act 2019 paves the way for class actions – including cases of silicosis and wage theft – by […]

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Wage Theft Legislation Passes Victorian Parliament

Victoria has become the first state in the country to pass laws establishing criminal penalties for employers who deliberately underpay or don’t pay their workers. The new laws deliver on the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to establish new criminal offences targeting employers who deliberately withhold wages and other employee entitlements. Employers who dishonestly withhold wages, superannuation or […]

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New Victoria Legal Aid Office For Central Victoria

Victorians in the Central Highlands will now have improved access to justice after the Andrews Labor Government unveiled a new Victoria Legal Aid office to service the region. Attorney-General Jill Hennessy officially opened the new open-plan office at a virtual ceremony, which is located in Market Street in Ballarat. The office will initially support 22 […]

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New Appointments To The County And Coroners Courts

The Victorian Government has today announced the appointment of Sarah Leighfield, David Purcell, Fiona Todd and My Anh Tran to the County Court, and the reappointment of Coroner John Olle to the Coroners Court. Sarah Leighfield has been a magistrate since 2016. She spent three years servicing the Loddon Mallee Region, leading the sexual offences […]

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Legislation To Increase Manslaughter Sentences Passes

Legislation to increase the maximum penalty for manslaughter, child homicide and workplace manslaughter has passed Victorian Parliament. The Crimes Amendment (Manslaughter and Related Offences) Bill 2020 increases the maximum penalty for these offences from 20 years to 25 years’ imprisonment. The Bill also creates a new offence for manslaughter committed by discharging a firearm, homicide […]

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New Appointments To Court Of Appeal And Supreme

The Andrews Labor Government has today announced the appointments of Justice Michael Sifris to the Court of Appeal and Kathryn Stynes and Jim Delany QC to the Trial Division of the Supreme Court. Justice Sifris was appointed to the Trial Division of the Supreme Court in 2010 and currently sits in the Commercial Court. Since […]

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President Of The Children’s Court Reappointed

The Victorian Government has today announced the reappointment of Judge Amanda Chambers as President of the Children’s Court of Victoria for a further six months, in order to assist us in dealing with coronavirus, before she returns to the County Court. Judge Chambers has served as President of the Court for the past five years […]

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