Category: Attorney-General

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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Oliver And Olivia The Top Baby Names For 2018

Olivia and Oliver reign supreme as Victoria’s best loved baby names, according to figures released by the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Attorney-General Jill Hennessy today met baby William, just one of the 436 Williams born in 2018. William came in third on the list of the most popular boys’ names. Oliver is […]

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Commissioners Announced For Informants Royal Commission

The Andrews Labor Government has announced a former President of the Queensland Court of Appeal will lead the Victorian Royal Commission into Management of Informants. Attorney-General Jill Hennessy today announced the appointment of the Honourable Margaret McMurdo AC as the Royal Commission Chair, along with former South Australian Police Commissioner Malcolm Hyde AO APM as […]

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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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