Topic: Justice

Crown Counsel Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of barrister Liam Brown as Crown Counsel. Since being called to the Bar in 2010, Mr Brown has maintained a broad practice as a barrister, appearing in a number of high profile cases, inquiries and inquests, and providing advice on a range of government and public law […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Five New Magistrates Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government has announced the appointment of Michelle Mykytowycz, Michael McNamara, Jade Bott, Jacinta Studham and Russell Kelly as new magistrates to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria. Ms Mykytowycz has worked as a barrister at Crockett Chambers, practicing in defence and prosecution of criminal law matters, including sex offences, and working with the […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Four New Judges Appointed To The County Court

The Andrews Labor Government has announced the appointment of Sarah Dawes, Dr Martine Marich, Scott Johns QC and David Sexton as four new judges of the County Court. Sarah Dawes has been a magistrate since 2006, frequently hearing cases relating to serious criminal offending, including sexual offences and bail applications. She has also been a […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Suppression Order Overhaul Underway

The Andrews Labor Government is overhauling Victorian suppression order laws to make it clear that suppression and closed court orders are exceptions to the principle of open justice and should only be made when necessary. The Open Courts and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2018 will be introduced in to Parliament today and will reinforce the […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Five New Magistrates Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of five new magistrates to the Magistrates’ Court. The appointees are Vicky Prapas, Olivia Trumble, Nahrain Warda, Kieran Gilligan and Stephen Lee. Vicky Prapas is a specialist in criminal law and is the Legal Practice Manager at the Office of Public Prosecutions, where she has worked in […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Reforms To Streamline And Modernise Appeals

The Andrews Labor Government is modernising Victoria’s appeals system, reducing the burden on victims and witnesses and making appeal processes more efficient. The Justice Legislation Amendment (Unlawful Association and Criminal Appeals) Bill 2018 will abolish ‘de novo’ appeals of criminal cases to the County Court. Currently, when a person is found guilty by the Magistrates’ […]

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Addressing Injustice And Improving The Rights Of Victims

The Andrews Labor Government is addressing a serious historical injustice and helping to minimise unnecessary trauma for victims of crime during criminal proceedings. The Labor Government today introduced new laws into Parliament that make clear that relevant historical care and protection orders are not to be treated as convictions or findings of guilt. Historically, the […]

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Strengthening Laws To Disrupt Criminal Gangs

The Andrews Labor Government is giving police the powers they need to disrupt serious and organised crime in Victoria through new laws introduced into Parliament today, delivering on commitments under the Community Safety Statement 2018/19. The Justice Legislation Amendment (Unlawful Association and Criminal Appeals) Bill 2018 will amend and clarify laws designed to prevent the […]

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More Beds To Keep Victorian Prisons Safe And Secure

Hundreds of new beds will be opened across three Victorian prisons as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s work to boost the security and capacity of the corrections system. Minister for Corrections Gayle Tierney announced the locations for 473 new prison beds, including a 102-bed accommodation unit at the medium-security Fulham Correctional Centre. The Labor […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Corrections

Strengthening Parole To Keep Police Killers In Prison

The Andrews Labor Government will today introduce legislation to ensure Russell Street bomber Craig Minogue never gets out of prison. The amendments to the Corrections Act 1986 will name Craig Minogue and strengthen the legislation to ensure any other future or current offenders who kill police officers are not released on parole. This ensures the […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Corrections