Attorney-General Martin Pakula today released a report detailing the number of legal briefs provided to women barristers by the Victorian Government. The Andrews Labor Government is committed to publishing the briefing figures annually, following the practice being dropped by the previous Liberal Government. The Women..
The Victorian Government is seeking community views on the development of a Victorian redress scheme for victims of institutional child abuse. The Andrews Labor Government is inviting members of the public to have their say following the release of a consultation paper today. The paper..
New laws introduced in Parliament today will make it easier to prosecute and investigate online child pornography offences in Victoria. Attorney-General Martin Pakula said easy access to the internet and advances in technology have made sharing and distributing child pornography online more prevalent, and these..
Attorney-General Martin Pakula today announced the appointment of Charles Tan and Meagan Keogh to the Magistrates’ Court. Mr Tan has 18 years of experience as a barrister working largely in the Magistrates’ Court, Children’s Court and County Court. He has extensive experience in child protection,..
The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS) will receive a $900,000 funding boost over three years to support clients represented at the Adult and Children’s Koori Courts. Attorney-General Martin Pakula said the funding would go towards the VALS Koori Court Initiative, and increase the number of..
Thirteen community organisations will receive a total of almost $2 million through the Victorian Legal Services Board (VLSB) 2015 grants round for projects that improve education and access to legal services. Attorney-General Martin Pakula said the grants will help fund projects that aim to improve..
Attorney-General Martin Pakula today announced the appointment of The Hon Andrew McIntosh as the new chairperson to the Victorian Legal Aid (VLA) Panel of Independent Reviewers. Mr McIntosh replaces His Honour John Nixon, former Judge of the County Court, who is stepping down from the..
Disadvantaged and homeless Victorians will have greater access to justice, following a $400,000 commitment from the Andrews Labor Government to renew the Homeless Persons’ Liaison Officer Program. For five years, the program, which operates out of Justice Connect’s Homeless Law, has provided assistance and support..
The Victorian Government has reached a settlement in the matter of the Williams family versus the State of Victoria. The Victorian Government will not pay any compensation to George or Roberta Williams, and George and Roberta Williams have agreed to withdraw their claims for damages..
Attorney-General Martin Pakula attended a commencement ceremony today in the Cathedral Range State Park to mark the start of native title negotiations with the Taungurung people. The Victorian Government and Taungurung traditional owner group have begun working together to seek an agreement under the Traditional..
The Andrews Labor Government is providing greater access to justice for child abuse victims by removing time limitations that apply to civil claims for founded upon child abuse, with a new law coming into effect today. This law completely removes the limitation period for all..
Attorney-General Martin Pakula today announced the new Victorian Government Legal Services Panel will include a minimum pro bono contribution from participating private law firms of 10 per cent (up from 5 per cent). The new Panel will strengthen pro bono legal services, support gender equality..
Attorney-General Martin Pakula today welcomed the commencement of the Legal Profession Uniform Law in Victoria and New South Wales. From today, a common legal services market across the two states will be regulated under a Uniform Law overseen by an inter-jurisdictional Legal Services Council. With..
Criminal trials will be more efficient with the introduction of new jury direction processes this week. Juries perform an important role in the justice system. New reforms will simplify the directions the trial judge gives to the jury in a criminal trial to assist the..
The Andrews Labor Government is asking community legal centres to apply for grants as part of a $3.2 million investment to guarantee better access to justice for disadvantaged Victorians. Grants open today for the Community Legal Centre Assistance Fund, worth $2 million over two years, and..
The Andrews Labor Government is seeking expressions of interest from Victorians who have had experience in dealing with the impact of a range of serious crimes and are committed to improving justice for all victims. Victims of crime will continue to play a vital role..
Attorney-General Martin Pakula has wound back excessive application fee increases for the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) introduced by the previous Liberal Government. The Andrews Labor Government today announced that the latest fee increase for applications to VCAT will be reduced and limited to..
Attorney-General Martin Pakula today thanked His Honour Michael Rozenes for his many years of exceptional service to the Victorian community as Chief Judge of the County Court of Victoria. Judge Rozenes yesterday resigned as Chief Judge of the County Court after 12 years of outstanding..