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Labor Government Committed To Equality In The Legal Profession

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..

New Laws To Combat Child Pornography Offences

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..

New Appointments To The Magistrates’ Court

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,..

$900,000 Boosts Victoria’s Aboriginal Legal Service

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..

Improving Access To Justice For Homeless Victorians

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..

Ceremony Marks Commencement Of Native Title Settlement

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..

New Laws To Further Protect Children From Sexual Abuse

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..

Victoria And NSW Take First Step Towards A National Legal Scheme

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..

Implementing Clearer Processes For Criminal Trials

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..

Community Legal Centre Grants Will Help Families In Need

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..

Expressions Of Interest Open For Victims Committee

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..

Liberal Fee Increase Reduced To Ensure Low Cost Justice For Victorians

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..

Well Respected Chief Judge Resigns

 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..