Topic: Justice

New Prison Dogs Keeping Our Prisons Safe

The Victorian prison system’s newest recruits have hit the ground running – with a knack for sniffing out trouble. Minister for Corrections Ben Carroll today visited the Metropolitan Remand Centre to meet Corrections Victoria’s newest canine teams, who form part of the highly skilled Security and Emergency Services Group. The 11 dogs and their human […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Corrections

Recruitment Drive To Boost Corrections Ranks

The Andrews Labor Government is boosting the ranks of our highly trained prison officers with recruitment for a new all-female prison officer training squad kicking off today. The 30 successful candidates will be put through their paces during a rigorous eight-week training course before starting work – keeping the community safe. Just over 30 per […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Corrections

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 […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Royal Commission Into Management Of Informants

The Andrews Labor Government has today announced that it will establish a Royal Commission to independently inquire into Victoria Police’s recruitment and management of one of its informants. The informant was a criminal defence barrister for several people who were convicted of criminal offences over the past two decades. At the same time, this barrister […]

Categories: Media Release, Premier

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 […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

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 […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

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. […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Kyneton Law Court Re-Opens After Security Upgrade

The Andrews Labor Government has delivered safer and more secure court facilities in Kyneton, as well as important building upgrades. Attorney-General Martin Pakula and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas re-opened the heritage Kyneton Law Court today following the completion of a major $2 million redevelopment. The court will resume sitting on Monday, 15 October and […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Three New Magistrates Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of Alanna Duffy, Timothy Hoare and Constantinos Kilias to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria. Alanna Duffy has been a barrister since 2004, specialising mainly in employment and administrative law. She is also a Deputy President of the Police Registration and Services Board, and Chair of the Harness […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Delivering A Safer Courthouse For Seymour

The Andrews Labor Government has delivered a safer courthouse in Seymour through a safety and security upgrade. Attorney-General Martin Pakula today visited Seymour with Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes to inspect the $326,000 upgrades at the Seymour Law Court, which were completed in June this year. Built in 1974, the Seymour Law Court hears […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release