Attorney-General Announces No Further Appeal Relating To Cheryl Grimmer Case

Attorney-General Announces No Further Appeal Relating To Cheryl Grimmer Case

17 May 2019

New South Wales Attorney-General Mark Speakman R v ‘Mercury’ Victor P Taffa On 15 February this year, in R v Mercury, the Supreme Court ruled inadmissible the record of an interview between Police and the individual known as ‘Mercury’ in which he made admissions relating to the murder on 12 January 1970 of Cheryl Grimmer. […]

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Kate Hodder Appointed To The Magistrates Court

Kate Hodder Appointed To The Magistrates Court

17 May 2019

South Australia Attorney-General Vickie Chapman Senior Prosecutor Appointed To Magistrates Court Victor P Taffa A senior prosecutor with broad experience in criminal, civil, coronial and child protection matters has today been appointed to the Magistrates Court in South Australia. Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman said Kate Hodder had more than 30 years’ experience in the legal sector […]

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Western Australia Law Week Runs From 13-17 May 2019

Western Australia Law Week Runs From 13-17 May 2019

14 May 2019

Western Australia Attorney General John Quigley Word On The Street Reveals 2019 Law Award Winners Victor P Taffa Attorney General presents the annual Attorney General’s Community Service Law Awards to launch Western Australia Law Week Law Week runs from 13-17 May 2019 A legal centre whose waiting room is the streets of Perth, and a […]

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State Parliament Passes Suppression Order Overhaul

State Parliament Passes Suppression Order Overhaul

04 May 2019

Victoria Attorney-General Jill Hennessy Suppression Order Overhaul Passes Parliament Victor P Taffa Victims of sexual or family violence who want to speak publicly about their experiences will have more freedom to do so thanks to new laws from the Andrews Government. “These reforms will significantly enhance transparency in our courts by making it abundantly clear […]

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New Laws Introduced To Protect Emergency Service Workers

New Laws Introduced To Protect Emergency Service Workers

03 May 2019

South Australia Attorney-General Vickie Chapman Tougher Penalties Added To Protect Emergency Service Workers Victor P Taffa Proposed laws which will be introduced to State Parliament today will see tough penalties imposed on people who spit on or throw biological material at Police, corrections officers or other emergency services workers. There will also be an increase […]

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Elizabeth Morris Appointed Chief Judge Of The Northern Territory Local Court

Elizabeth Morris Appointed Chief Judge Of The Northern Territory Local Court

03 May 2019

Northern Territory Attorney-General Natasha Fyles Judge Elizabeth Morris Appointed Chief Judge Of The Local Court Victor P Taffa Judge Elizabeth Morris has been appointed as the next Chief Judge of the Northern Territory Local Court. “Judge Elizabeth Morris has served the Local Court for nearly a decade, and has been Deputy Chief Judge since 2017.” […]

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9 Home Detention Orders Made Since March 2019

9 Home Detention Orders Made Since March 2019

28 April 2019

Tasmania Attorney-General Elise Archer New Home Detention System Off To A Good Start Victor P Taffa Hodgman Government’s new home detention electronic monitoring system commenced last month, with a total of 9 home detention orders already made as part of our Government’s $4.3 Million-a-year commitment to alternative sentencing options. Introduction of Home Detention Orders was […]

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Andrews Govt Appoints 2 New Magistrates

Andrews Govt Appoints 2 New Magistrates

16 April 2019

Victoria Attorney-General Jill Hennessy Two New Magistrates Appointed Victor P Taffa Andrews Government has today announced the appointment of two new magistrates to the Victorian Magistrates’ Court. Suzette Dootjes and Shiva Pillai have years of diverse legal experience and will begin their judicial appointments on 30 April 2019. “Both Mr. Pillai and Ms. Dootjes have […]

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Andrews Govt Appoints 2 New Judges To The County Court

Andrews Govt Appoints 2 New Judges To The County Court

16 April 2019

Victoria Attorney-General Jill Hennessy New Judges Appointed To The County Court Victor P Taffa Andrews Government has today announced the appointments of Elizabeth Brimer SC and George Georgiou SC as judges of the County Court. “Both Ms. Brimer and Mr. Georgiou are well respected Senior Counsel, with wide-ranging expertise and experience across various legal fields […]

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Jacinta Forbes QC Appointed Judge To Supreme Court

Jacinta Forbes QC Appointed Judge To Supreme Court

16 April 2019

Victoria Attorney-General Jill Hennessy New Judge Appointed To The Supreme Court Victor P Taffa Andrews Government has today announced the appointment of Jacinta Forbes QC as Victoria’s newest Supreme Court judge. “Ms. Forbes has made a significant contribution to Victoria’s legal profession throughout her career, particularly in the fields of personal injury and professional negligence […]

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Oliver And Charlotte Remain Most Popular Baby Names In New South Wales

Oliver And Charlotte Remain Most Popular Baby Names In New South Wales

14 April 2019

New South Wales Attorney General Mark Speakman Oliver And Charlotte Most Popular Baby Names Of The Decade Victor P Taffa Oliver and Charlotte have continued their decade of dominance, crowned the most popular baby names for boys and girls in New South Wales for the fifth time since 2010, Attorney General Mark Speakman announced today. […]

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Provocation Defence To Be Abolished By State Government

Provocation Defence To Be Abolished By State Government

09 April 2019

South Australia Attorney-General Vickie Chapman State Government Moves To Abolish Provocation Defence Victor P Taffa Marshall Government will introduce legislation abolishing the defence of provocation by the end of the year, after announcing today a Bill will be drafted to go out for extensive consultation. Attorney-General Vickie Chapman said the measure would form part of […]

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Sandy Thompson QC Appointed As Solicitor-General For Queensland

Sandy Thompson QC Appointed As Solicitor-General For Queensland

08 April 2019

Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath Sandy Thompson QC Appointed Solicitor-General For Queensland Victor P Taffa Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath has announced Mr. Sandy (Gavin Alexander) Thompson QC as Queensland’s new Solicitor-General. A former President of the Bar Association Queensland, Mr. Thompson is a respected member of the profession and will bring more than […]

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Justice Janine Pritchard Appointed President Of The SAT

Justice Janine Pritchard Appointed President Of The SAT

05 April 2019

Western Australia Attorney General John Quigley Justice Pritchard First Woman Appointed To President Of The SAT Victor P Taffa Janine Pritchard appointed President of the State Administrative Tribunal Appointment effective from June 4, 2019 Attorney General John Quigley has today announced the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Janine Pritchard as President of the State Administrative […]

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State Parliament Considers Changes To Help Victims Of Crime

State Parliament Considers Changes To Help Victims Of Crime

04 April 2019

South Australia Attorney-General Vickie Chapman Marshall Government Makes Changes To Help Victims Of Crime Victor P Taffa Changes to the Victims of Crime Act will make it easier and less stressful for victims to access compensation. Amendments, which will be introduced to State Parliament today, bring South Australia into line with other states by removing […]

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State Parliament Passes Psychiatric Assessment Reforms

State Parliament Passes Psychiatric Assessment Reforms

04 April 2019

South Australia Attorney-General Vickie Chapman Psychiatric Assessment Reforms Pass State Parliament Victor P Taffa Legislative reforms aimed at ensuring the courts have timely access to psychiatric assessments have passed State Parliament. Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman said the move would help reduce the backlog of cases before the courts where matters involving high-risk offenders, and those who […]

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Vincenzo Caltabiano Appointed Director Of Legal Aid Commission

Vincenzo Caltabiano Appointed Director Of Legal Aid Commission

31 March 2019

Tasmania Attorney-General Elise Archer New Director Of Legal Aid Commission Appointed Victor P Taffa Following an extensive selection process, I am pleased to announce Mr. Vincenzo Caltabiano has been appointed to the position of Director at the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania, Attorney-General Elise Archer said. Mr. Caltabiano previously worked in private practice in Victoria […]

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Attorney-General Appoints Two Deputy Presidents Of SAET

Attorney-General Appoints Two Deputy Presidents Of SAET

31 March 2019

South Australia Attorney-General Vickie Chapman Two Workplace Experts Appointed To South Australia Employment Tribunal Victor P Taffa Attorney-General Vickie Chapman has today announced two experienced South Australian lawyers have been appointed as Deputy Presidents of the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET). Tony Rossi has been made a Judge of the District Court and Deputy President […]

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Dr. Helen Szoke AO Appointed Member To Judicial Commission Of Victoria

Dr. Helen Szoke AO Appointed Member To Judicial Commission Of Victoria

30 March 2019

Victoria Attorney-General Jill Hennessy New Appointment To Judicial Commission Of Victoria Victor P Taffa Andrews Government today announced the appointment of Dr. Helen Szoke AO as a member of the Judicial Commission of Victoria. “Dr. Szoke is a strong advocate for fairness and has extensive experience in changing cultures and eliminating discrimination and I congratulate […]

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Submissions For Draft Liquor Bill 2019 Open Until 26 April 2019

Submissions For Draft Liquor Bill 2019 Open Until 26 April 2019

29 March 2019

Northern Territory Attorney-General Natasha Fyles Exposure Draft Of The Liquor Bill 2019 Open For Comment Victor P Taffa Northern Territory Government has released its Exposure Draft of the Liquor Bill 2019 for public consultation and comment. “Alcohol abuse creates crime, destroys families and costs the community millions of dollars every year. That’s why we have […]

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