APPOINTMENT TO THE VICTORIAN LAW REFORM COMMISSION

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of Dan Nicholson as a new commissioner to the Victorian Law Reform Commission.

Mr Nicholson is the Executive Director of Criminal Law and Executive Director for the Western Suburbs region at Victoria Legal Aid (VLA), where he has worked in a number of executive roles since 2012.

Prior to joining VLA, Mr Nicholson was manager of the Human Rights Unit at the then Victorian Department of Justice, where he contributed to a review of the Human Rights Charter in 2010.

He was coordinator of the Asia and Pacific Program at the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions from 2007 to 2009, and worked on the 2010 Smart Justice Campaign for the Federation of Community Legal Centres. Between 2005 and 2006, Mr Nicholson was an Associate to the President of the Court of Appeal.

He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court in 2005 and holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Melbourne.

Mr Nicholson replaces outgoing Commissioner Helen Fatouros, who was appointed to the Commission in 2014.

Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula

“Mr Nicholson’s experience in legal assistance, criminal law and human rights will be invaluable for the work of the Commission and I congratulate him on his appointment.”

“I thank Ms Fatouros for her service to the Commission since 2014.”

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