Topic: Justice

Safer Courthouse Delivered In Bairnsdale

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering safer courthouses in regional Victoria with a major safety and security upgrade to the Bairnsdale Magistrates’ Court complete. The Bairnsdale Courthouse now has a private waiting area and interview room as part of an $800,000 investment, improving the safety of people impacted by family violence attending court. The upgrade […]

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Response To Child Abuse Royal Commission Recommendations

The Andrews Labor Government today released its response to the final report from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Attorney-General Martin Pakula said the Labor Government has accepted in full or in principle 293 of the recommendations that apply to Victoria, and will further consider another 24 recommendations. Victoria will also […]

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Delivering A Safer Courthouse In Ararat

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering safer courthouses in regional Victoria with the reopening of the Ararat Magistrates Court following major safety and security upgrades to improve community safety. A new waiting area and interview room will create a safer experience for people impacted by family violence attending court, as part of the Labor Government’s […]

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Five New Judges For Supreme Court And Court Of Appeal

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of five new judges to the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. Justice Terry Forrest has been appointed to the Court of Appeal having served as a Supreme Court judge for almost a decade. He was previously a barrister for more than 25 years, specialising in criminal […]

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Appointments To Victims Of Crime Consultative Committee

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of seven community members who have been victims of crime to serve as representatives on the Victims of Crime Consultative Committee. The representatives all have experience in dealing with the impact of serious crimes and will play a vital role providing advice to government on how the […]

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Three New Magistrates Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government has announced the appointments of Sharon McRae, Mia Stylianou and Simon Guthrie to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria. Sharon McRae has been a Judicial Registrar at the Magistrates’ Court since 2011, conducting hearings and making decisions to help magistrates manage their workloads. She is also a member of the Victims of […]

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Two Appointments To Victorian Law Reform Commission

The Andrews Labor Government has reappointed Justice Philip Cummins AM as Chairperson of the Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) and appointed Professor Bernadette McSherry as a VLRC Commissioner. Justice Cummins was first appointed Chairperson in 2012 after more than 20 years as a judge of the Supreme Court. Since his appointment, the VLRC has contributed […]

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New Chief Examiner Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government has announced the appointment of Joanne Smith as Chief Examiner. Ms Smith has been an Examiner with the Office of the Chief Examiner since 2016, and has been acting as Chief Examiner since February. Before joining the Office of the Chief Examiner, Ms Smith was a Deputy Public Interest Monitor, involving […]

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New Chairperson Appointed To The Victoria Legal Aid Panel

The Andrews Labor Government has announced the appointment of senior barrister and former Chief Crown Prosecutor Gavin Silbert QC as Chairperson of the Victoria Legal Aid Panel of Independent Reviewers. The role of the Panel is to review decisions regarding grants of legal aid by VLA and to ensure the Legal Aid Fund is administered […]

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New Laws Clarify Coroners Court Appeals

The Andrews Labor Government is making it easier for families to have coronial findings reviewed with new laws introduced into Parliament to ensure the Coroners Court has the power to set aside findings in and reopen historical cases. The Justice Legislation Miscellaneous Amendment Bill 2018, will ensure that the Coroners Court can set aside findings […]

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