Topic: Justice

New Appointments To Support Victims Of Crime

The Victorian Government has today announced the appointment of six community members to serve as representatives on the Victims of Crime Consultative Committee. Minister for Victim Support Natalie Hutchins announced the appointment of Ms Cheryl Tyndall, Ms Melinda Dine, Ms Catherine Oddie, Mr Thomas Wain, Ms Colleen Kelly and Ms Sandra Stewart to the committee. […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Victim Support

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 […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

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 […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

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 […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

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 […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release, Western Victoria Region

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 […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

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 […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

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 […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Delivering Access To Justice For More Victorians

More Victorians will have access to justice thanks to a funding boost from the Victorian Government to support legal assistance services to continue to operate during the coronavirus crisis. Attorney-General Jill Hennessy today announced $17.5 million in additional funding for frontline legal assistance services in response to coronavirus. The funding will also support legal services […]

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Statement On Extension For Royal Commission

The final reporting date for the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants has been extended after a request from the Royal Commission. The Victorian Government has approved additional time following a request from the Chair of the Commission, the Honourable Margaret McMurdo AC – the Commission will now hand down its report by […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release