Topic: Justice

Mobster’s Mate Tries To Water Down Organised Crime Laws

Not content with eating lobsters with alleged mobsters, Liberal Leader Matthew Guy is now trying to water down laws that directly target organised crime to stop the harm they cause in our state. The Andrews Labor Government’s Firearms Amendment Bill 2017 would put in place tough new Firearm Prohibition Orders (FPO), which are designed to […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Police

Victoria First State To Pass Voluntary Assisted Dying Laws

The Victorian Parliament this afternoon passed the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill after a comprehensive, historic and passionate debate in both lower and upper houses. The legislation will now go through an 18-month implementation period before it comes into effect in June 2019. Victorians living with a terminal illness will have access to voluntary assisted dying […]

Categories: Media Release, Premier

New Solicitor-General For Victoria Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of Kristen Walker QC as the Solicitor-General for Victoria. Ms Walker replaces outgoing Solicitor-General Richard Niall QC, who was today appointed as a Judge of the Court of Appeal. Ms Walker is one of Australia’s most distinguished advocates and legal scholars, recognised around Australia as a leading […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

New Court Of Appeal Judge Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of Richard Niall QC as a Judge of the Court of Appeal. Mr Niall has been the Solicitor-General for Victoria since 2015, following a distinguished career as one of Australia’s leading advocates and public lawyers. Mr Niall has appeared regularly in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Taking Action To Protect Family Violence Victim Survivors

Victim survivors of family violence will be better protected under new Victorian laws coming into force tomorrow to support the National Domestic Violence Order Scheme. The new Domestic Violence Order Scheme was created to ensure that in future domestic violence orders made in any state or territory could be automatically recognised and enforced Australia-wide. To […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Statement On Corrections Commissioner Jan Shuard

Corrections Victoria Commissioner Jan Shuard has informed me of her intention to retire in early 2018. Jan has had a long and distinguished career in the corrections system, both here and in Western Australia having started as a prison officer in the early 1980s. She was appointed Corrections Victoria Commissioner in December 2012 after serving […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Corrections

Holding Family Violence Perpetrators To Account

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to reduce family violence with a $1.6 million grants package for intervention programs to hold perpetrators to account. Under the Family Violence Perpetrator Intervention Grants Program which opens today, profit and not-for-profit groups will be able to apply for up to $400,000 in funding to pilot new interventions […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Prominent Victorian Judge To Lead Corruption Agency

One of Victoria’s most eminent and well-respected jurists has been appointed to head the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC). Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings today announced that the Honourable Justice Robert Redlich has been appointed as the IBAC Commissioner for a five year term, commencing 1 January 2018. Justice Redlich has an impressive legal […]

Categories: Media Release, Special Minister of State

Ken Lay Appointed As Victoria’s New Lieutenant-Governor

Mr Ken Lay AO APM has today been sworn in as the 14th Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria by Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, at a ceremony at Government House. Mr Lay is an eminent Victorian with a distinguished career in public service, including as Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police from 2011 […]

Categories: Media Release, Premier

New County Court Judge Appointed

Attorney-General Martin Pakula today announced the appointment of Patricia Riddell as a judge of the County Court. Ms Riddell brings more than 20 years of legal experience to her new role, specialising in criminal law, occupational health and safety, medical negligence and professional disciplinary matters. Ms Riddell has also represented families, the former Department of […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release