Topic: Justice

New Board Member Appointed To VEOHRC

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of Matthew Finnis to the Board of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC). Mr Finnis has been the Chief Executive Officer of St Kilda Football Club since 2014, and has a long history of championing equality. Under his leadership, St Kilda played the first […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release, Ministers

New Commissioner For Corrections Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of Dr Emma Cassar as the new Commissioner of Corrections Victoria. Dr Cassar currently heads KPMG’s Justice and Security division, and has more than 20 years’ experience in the justice sector with roles spanning government, private and non-profit organisations. Her appointment follows a comprehensive executive search to […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Corrections

New Director Of Public Prosecutions For Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of Kerri Judd QC as new Director of Public Prosecutions, and Brendan Kissane QC as new Chief Crown Prosecutor. Ms Judd, who is the first woman to be appointed as the Director of Public Prosecutions, has more than 25 years of legal experience. Since August 2016 she […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

New Laws Clear Pathway For Child Abuse Survivors To Sue

The Andrews Labor Government will today introduce new laws to quash an unfair legal loophole preventing child abuse survivors from suing some organisations for their abuse. The Legal Identity of Defendants (Organisational Child Abuse) Bill 2018 will prevent unincorporated organisations from relying upon a legal technicality – known as the ‘Ellis defence’ – to avoid […]

Categories: Media Release, Premier

New Legal Resources For Aboriginal Victorians

Aboriginal Victorians will have better access to culturally appropriate legal information and resources, as part of a new initiative launched today. The resources aim to give Aboriginal Victorians more information about their right to choose who can make decisions on their behalf using Victorian powers of attorney laws. The new resources include a brochure for […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

New Security Officers For Edenhope Court

Edenhope residents will soon have access to safer and more secure court facilities as part of a state-wide rollout of Court Security Officers at Victorian courts under the Andrews Labor Government. Attorney-General Martin Pakula announced that the Edenhope Court will have three Court Security Officers from Friday, 16 February 2018. The new Court Security Officers […]

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

New Appointment To The Coroners Court

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of barrister Darren Bracken as a new coroner of the Coroners Court of Victoria. Mr Bracken has more than 20 years’ experience as a barrister in Australia and overseas, regularly appearing before the Supreme and County Courts as a prosecutor for the Director of Public Prosecutions. He […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Tightening Prison Security With Drone Ban Now In Force

Prisons and youth justice centres are now officially drone-free zones, with new laws passed by the Andrews Labor Government coming into effect today. Under the ban, anyone caught intentionally or recklessly flying a drone at or below 120 metres above a prison or youth justice facility, or within 120 metres of the facility boundary, faces […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Corrections

Planning Underway For Lara Prison Precinct Expansion

Land will be purchased by the Andrews Labor Government, as part of plans to significantly expand the Lara Prison Precinct, which includes the maximum-security Barwon Prison, creating hundreds of local jobs and helping keep the community safe. The planned expansion, which would be roughly double the size of Barwon Prison, follows the Labor Government’s decision […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Corrections

Support Dogs Comfort Victims Of Crime

Support dogs are providing comfort to victims of crime and vulnerable witnesses giving evidence in court, under a pilot program being extended by the Office of Public Prosecutions. Attorney-General Martin Pakula today joined John Cain, Solicitor for Public Prosecutions, to announce the Victims Support Dog 12-week Pilot Program would be extended into 2018. Since October, […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release