Andrews Govt To Improve Information Provided For Juries

Andrews Govt To Improve Information Provided For Juries

23 February 2017

Victoria Attorney-General Martin Pakula Reforms Continue To Improve Jury Directions Victor P Taffa Andrews Government introduced new laws in Parliament today to further simplify and improve the way information is provided to juries in criminal trials. Jury Directions and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2017 will clarify that jury parades are not an essential part of […]

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Gunner Govt To Legislate For Introduction Of Electronic Monitoring

Gunner Govt To Legislate For Introduction Of Electronic Monitoring

15 February 2017

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner Putting Victims First: Use Of Electronic Monitoring To Expand Victor P Taffa Gunner Northern Territory (NT) Government is taking additional action to support victims of crime and break the cycle of crime affecting our community. Chief Minister Michael Gunner today announced that Government will seek to pass legislation on […]

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Attorney-General Announces Four New Judicial Commission Board Appointments

Attorney-General Announces Four New Judicial Commission Board Appointments

14 February 2017

Victoria Attorney-General Martin Pakula Appointments To New Judicial Commission Board Victor P Taffa Andrews Government has appointed four eminent Victorians to the Board of the Judicial Commission of Victoria, which will be up and running from July. To ensure the Commission is ready to start work from day one, Attorney-General Martin Pakula has appointed to […]

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Attorney-General Announces Appointment Of Four Acting Judges To Supreme Court

Attorney-General Announces Appointment Of Four Acting Judges To Supreme Court

10 February 2017

Tasmania Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin New Acting Judges For Supreme Court Victor P Taffa Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin has announced the appointment of four acting judges to the Supreme Court to commence immediately for two-year terms. Hodgman Government is committed to ensuring that all Tasmanians have access to an efficient and effective criminal and civil justice system […]

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Shadow Treasurer Writes To A-G Regarding Weatherill Govt Federal Election Grant

Shadow Treasurer Writes To A-G Regarding Weatherill Govt Federal Election Grant

07 February 2017

South Australia Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas Auditor-General Asked To Investigate Taxpayer Funds Used To Organise Polling Booth Workers Victor P Taffa Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas has written to the Auditor-General (A-G) calling for an urgent investigation into a $757,500 Weatherill Government grant to an organisation for a political campaign which included workers on polling booths […]

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Specialist High Risk Youth Court To Hold First Sittings In Townsville

Specialist High Risk Youth Court To Hold First Sittings In Townsville

28 January 2017

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk New Court Part Of Townsville Youth Crime Response Victor P Taffa A new Specialist High Risk Youth Court will hold its first sittings in Townsville next week as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s response to youth crime and its causes. Speaking from Townsville Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Court sittings on […]

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Public Submissions For An ICAC Open Until 17 February 2017

Public Submissions For An ICAC Open Until 17 February 2017

22 January 2017

Northern Territory Attorney-General Natasha Fyles An Important Step In Developing ICAC Victor P Taffa Northern Territory government has taken an important step towards developing an anti-corruption watchdog in the Territory, releasing a discussion paper on whistle-blower protection laws. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Natasha Fyles, is calling for public feedback on the discussion paper. “Whistle-blower […]

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VLRC To Review Rules Covering Litigation Funders

VLRC To Review Rules Covering Litigation Funders

16 January 2017

Victoria Attorney-General Martin Pakula Making Civil Justice Fairer For Victorians Victor P Taffa Andrews Government will look at ways to better protect Victorians from unfair risks and disproportionate costs when they seek to enforce their rights in court using litigation funders. Attorney-General Martin Pakula has asked the Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) to review the […]

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Attorney-General Announces Amendments To Criminal Code Act

Attorney-General Announces Amendments To Criminal Code Act

15 January 2017

Tasmania Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin Amendments To Criminal Code Act Victor P Taffa Hodgman Government has today released for public consultation a draft Bill to amend the Criminal Code Act 1924. Criminal Code Act 1924 Amendment Bill, that follows the approaches of other Australian jurisdictions, introduces amendments to the Criminal Code to modernise rape and penetrative […]

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Potential Class Action Concerning Youth Justice

Potential Class Action Concerning Youth Justice

12 January 2017

Acting Northern Territory Chief Minister Nicole Manison Statement From Nicole Manison Acting Chief Minister Of The Northern Territory Victor P Taffa Northern Territory Government has been advised of a potential class action concerning youth justice. “We take these matters very seriously.” Acting Chief Minister Nicole Manison said. Given the matter is before the courts, it […]

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Charlotte And Oliver Tops Victoria’s Baby Names List For 2016

Charlotte And Oliver Tops Victoria’s Baby Names List For 2016

11 January 2017

Victoria Attorney-General Martin Pakula Victoria’s Most Popular Baby Names Revealed Victor P Taffa Charlotte reigned as queen of baby names for girls in 2016, while Oliver took the crown as most popular boys’ name for the third year in a row, according to the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. “Victorian parents have again […]

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New Hoon Laws Comes Into Force On 14 January 2017

New Hoon Laws Comes Into Force On 14 January 2017

09 January 2017

Western Australia Acting Premier Liza Harvey Tough New Hoon Laws To Come Into Force Victor P Taffa Tougher confiscated laws for school zones and suburban streets Will be easier to sell hoon vehicles for re-use or scrap metal New powers to seize and confiscate unlicensed motorbikes Liberal National Government has again achieved another major election […]

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Andrews Govt Seeks Special Leave To High Court On Legislative Council Referral

Andrews Govt Seeks Special Leave To High Court On Legislative Council Referral

06 January 2017

Victoria Attorney-General Martin Pakula Government Seeks Special Leave To Appeal To The High Court Victor P Taffa Andrews Government is seeking special leave to appeal the Court of Appeal’s decision regarding the Ombudsman’s jurisdiction to investigate a referral made by the Legislative Council. State Government is taking this action in the High Court to protect […]

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Attorney-General Announces Solicitors’ Guarantee Fund Grant Recipients

Attorney-General Announces Solicitors’ Guarantee Fund Grant Recipients

25 December 2016

Tasmania Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin $2.6 Million In Grants To Ensure Better Access To Justice Victor P Taffa Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin has announced the awarding of $2.6 Million in grants from the Solicitors’ Guarantee Fund (the Fund). While the principal purpose of the Fund is to compensate clients who suffer losses due to the misbehaviour of […]

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Andrews Govt To Review Coroners Court Appeal Process

Andrews Govt To Review Coroners Court Appeal Process

17 December 2016

Victoria Attorney-General Martin Pakula Coroners Court Appeal Process To Be Reviewed Victor P Taffa Andrews Government will review the existing laws for appealing or setting aside findings made by Victorian coroners. “We understand that the coronial process can be daunting and difficult for people who have lost their loved ones that are why it’s so […]

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Tasmania Rights Historical Wrong

Tasmania Rights Historical Wrong

15 December 2016

Tasmania Premier Will Hodgman Celebrating Constitutional Recognition Victor P Taffa Today we have witnessed the passing of the Constitution Amendment (Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal People) Bill 2016 into law, with the signing of Royal Assent. Earlier this year, in a relatively uncommon occurrence, our Parliament unanimously supported an amendment to the preamble of the Tasmanian […]

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John Cardale Wells Appointed As Magistrate In Expanded Bench

John Cardale Wells Appointed As Magistrate In Expanded Bench

09 December 2016

South Australia Attorney-General John Rau Magistrate’s Bench Expands With Focus On Domestic Violence Victor P Taffa An extra magistrate’s position has been created in South Australia (SA) specifically to attend to the growing volume of cases involving family violence matters. “Family violence is a blight on the community and the Government is determined to use […]

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Matthew Walton Appointed To The Magistrates Court Of Western Australia

Matthew Walton Appointed To The Magistrates Court Of Western Australia

03 December 2016

Western Australia Attorney-General Michael Mischin New Magistrate Appointed Victor P Taffa Matthew Walton appointed to the Magistrates Court of Western Australia New role begins this week Former senior State prosecutor at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Matthew Walton has been appointed as a magistrate at the Magistrates Court of Western Australia. […]

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Closer Relations Developed As Northern Territory Moves Towards Statehood

Closer Relations Developed As Northern Territory Moves Towards Statehood

03 December 2016

South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner Joint Justice Team To Be Established By South Australia And The Northern Territory Victor P Taffa South Australian and Northern Territory Governments will establish a shared cross-border Police team in Alice Springs to tackle issues such as illicit drugs, transit routes, road safety and […]

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Dennis Lynch QC Appointed Judge In District Court Of Queensland

Dennis Lynch QC Appointed Judge In District Court Of Queensland

02 December 2016

Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath Queensland Court Appointments Announced Victor P Taffa Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath has announced the appointment of a new judge to the District Court of Queensland. Mr. Dennis Lynch QC has been appointed as a judge in the District Court of Queensland, joining two other new judges, Catherine Muir […]

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