Topic: law

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 […]

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Major Review Of Contempt Of Court Laws

Victoria’s contempt of court laws will be examined under a major review commissioned by the Andrews Labor Government. The Labor Government has asked the Victorian Law Reform Commission to review contempt of court laws and consider whether they need to be modernised to enhance public confidence in the justice system and allow for clearer enforcement. […]

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Kyneton Law Court Re-Opens After Security Upgrade

The Andrews Labor Government has delivered safer and more secure court facilities in Kyneton, as well as important building upgrades. Attorney-General Martin Pakula and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas re-opened the heritage Kyneton Law Court today following the completion of a major $2 million redevelopment. The court will resume sitting on Monday, 15 October and […]

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Delivering A Safer Courthouse For Seymour

The Andrews Labor Government has delivered a safer courthouse in Seymour through a safety and security upgrade. Attorney-General Martin Pakula today visited Seymour with Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes to inspect the $326,000 upgrades at the Seymour Law Court, which were completed in June this year. Built in 1974, the Seymour Law Court hears […]

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Tougher Counter-Terrorism Laws Now In Effect

New, stronger counter-terrorism laws to better protect Victorians from terror attacks have now commenced. The Justice Legislation Amendment (Terrorism) Bill 2018, the bulk of which commenced today, allows for preventative detention of terror suspects by police for up to four days, creates a presumption against bail and parole for those who pose a terrorism risk, […]

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New Laws Pass Parliament To Protect Emergency Workers

The Andrews Labor Government has passed new laws that crack down on people who attack and injure emergency workers on duty by making sure they are given a custodial sentence, as well as further limiting the use of community correction orders. The Justice Legislation Miscellaneous Amendment Bill 2018 has passed Parliament and makes injuring an emergency […]

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Review Of Victims Of Crime Assistance Act Tabled

The Andrews Labor Government has tabled the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s review of how state-funded financial assistance is provided to victims of crime under the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1996 (Vic). In December 2016, the government asked the Commission, in particular, to consider specific matters about the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) and […]

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New Appointment To The County Court

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of Magistrate Philip Ginnane as a judge of the County Court. Mr Ginnane was appointed to the Magistrates’ Court in 2011, and since 2016 has been the Supervising Magistrate for the Court’s Civil Division. He is a member of the Municipal Electoral Tribunal, which considers disputes arising […]

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Four Magistrates Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of Letizia Torres, Jacqueline Billings, Randall Kune and Stephen Ballek to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria. Letizia Torres is a barrister with more than two decades’ experience appearing in a wide range of criminal matters in the Magistrates’ County and Supreme courts. She has appeared extensively for […]

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New Chief Examiner Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government has announced the appointment of Joanne Smith as Chief Examiner. Ms Smith has been an Examiner with the Office of the Chief Examiner since 2016, and has been acting as Chief Examiner since February. Before joining the Office of the Chief Examiner, Ms Smith was a Deputy Public Interest Monitor, involving […]

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