New Victims Of Crime Consultative Committee Chair

Attorney-General Martin Pakula today announced the appointment of retired Supreme Court Justice the Hon. Bernard Teague AO as Chair of the Victims of Crime Consultative Committee.

Mr Teague’s appointment follows the resignation of former Supreme Court Justice the Hon. Philip Cummins AM, who will continue to make a valuable contribution to the justice system as Chair of the Victorian Law Reform Commission.

Mr Teague was the first solicitor ever appointed as a judge in Victoria in 1987, and served on the Supreme Court for more than 20 years. He was made an officer of the Order of Australia in 2009 for his service to the law, judiciary and community.

He presided over the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission and an inquiry into the Hazelwood fire of 2014. He has also expressed a willingness to preside over the re-opening of the Hazelwood fire inquiry.

The Victims of Crime Consultative Committee brings together victim representatives, Victoria Police, the Office of Public Prosecutions, the judiciary, the Adult Parole Board, the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal and victim service agencies.

In conjunction with Victims of Crime Commissioner Greg Davies APM, the Committee plays a significant role in identifying ways in which the justice system can better support victims.

An expression of interest will be issued in coming months seeking new members to join the Committee with experience in dealing with the impact of a range of serious crimes.

Quotes attributable to Attorney-General, Martin Pakula

“Bernard Teague has had a long and distinguished legal career and a proud record of service to the people of Victoria. He will be a strong voice for victims of crime, ensuring that their needs and rights remain at the heart of our justice system.”

“I’d also like to thank the Hon. Philip Cummins for his work with the committee during his time as Chair; I look forward to seeing his ongoing work for the community through the Victorian Law Reform Commission.”