Archives for September, 2015

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New Laws Enshrine Rights For Victims Of Crime

Attorney-General Martin Pakula will today introduce new laws in Parliament, cementing the role of the Victims of Crime Commissioner as an advocate for victims. Mr Pakula said the bill establishes the role of the independent Commissioner, who advocates for the recognition and inclusion of victims..

Final Report On Redress And Civil Litigation

The Andrews Labor Government welcomes the release of the final report on redress and civil litigation by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse. The recommendations the Royal Commission has made will prove invaluable to the Government as it continues to act..

Design For Shepparton’s New Law Courts Released

The planned Shepparton Law Courts building will be a contemporary addition to the town’s legal precinct that also draws on its rich local history. Attorney-General Martin Pakula viewed plans for the new courthouse today on his visit to Shepparton, which also included meetings with Elders..

Senior Crown Prosecutor Appointed Chief Judge Of County Court

Attorney-General Martin Pakula today announced that Senior Crown Prosecutor Peter Kidd SC has been appointed as Chief Judge of the County Court of Victoria. Mr Pakula acknowledged Mr Kidd as an outstanding candidate to lead Victoria’s largest trial court, bringing with him more than 20..

More Protections With New Powers Of Attorney Laws

New powers of attorney laws which come into effect today will provide more protection and support to Victorians who appoint someone they trust to look after their personal and financial affairs. The new laws combine the enduring power of attorney (financial) and the power of..

Putting Right Past Prejudices And Expunging Homosexual Convictions

A new Victorian scheme to expunge historical convictions for homosexual activity will come into effect today. The scheme applies to past sexual and public morality offences such as buggery, gross indecency with a male and offensive behaviour, that once criminalised consensual homosexuality. An individual can..