Topic: Justice

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

Keeping Our Childcare, Kinders Safe And Up To Scratch

The Andrews Labor Government has cracked down on more than 60 dodgy childcare providers over the past year for failing to provide the high quality education and care Victorian kids deserve. The crackdown has seen more than 1,200 investigations conducted into long day care, family day care, outside school hours care and kindergarten services in […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Families and Children

Two New Judges Appointed To The Supreme Court

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of senior legal practitioners Michelle Quigley QC and John Champion SC as Judges of the Supreme Court. Ms Quigley has three decades of experience as a legal practitioner, predominantly as a senior barrister specialising in administrative law, including planning and environmental law, and land value and acquisition. […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

New Court Of Appeal Judge Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of Justice Kim Hargrave QC as a Judge of the Court of Appeal. Since 2013, Justice Hargrave has been the principal judge of the Commercial Court in the Supreme Court of Victoria, managing one of Victoria’s busiest jurisdictions, and some of Australia’s largest commercial proceedings. His Honour […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

More Prison Beds To Keep Victorians Safe

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in Victoria’s prison system with more than 470 new beds to be opened in prisons across the state. The Labor Government is providing almost $345 million to help fund the additional beds, as well as a new dedicated premises for the Adult Parole Board and the new Post-Sentence Authority. […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Corrections

New County Court Judge Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of Julie Condon QC as a judge of the County Court. Ms Condon has more than 20 years’ experience in criminal defence advocacy and has appeared in a number of complex trials before the County Court and the Supreme Court. From 1999 to 2002, Ms Condon took […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Making It Fairer For Victims Of Crime

Victims of youth crime will be able to share their stories publicly and child sex offenders will be prevented from using evidence of their good character to argue for lesser sentences, under a suite of new laws to be introduced by the Andrews Labor Government today. The Justice Legislation Amendment (Victims) Bill 2017 will make […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

New Police Remand Powers Under Bail Reforms

Police will have new powers to remand an accused person in custody and bail justices will have a more limited role, under the second wave of bail reforms to be introduced by the Andrews Labor Government today. The Bail Amendment (Stage Two) Bill will allow senior police officers to remand a person in custody for […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release