Topic: Justice

New Corrections Training Complex Opened At Ararat

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring Victorian prison staff and specialist officers have access to the very best facilities as part of a new state training complex at Ararat. Minister for Corrections Ben Carroll today officially opened the $4 million purpose-built complex, which will be used to train prison staff and officers from the Security […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Corrections

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 […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

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 […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

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 […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

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