Catherine Fletcher Appointed Information Commissioner By Attorney General

Catherine Fletcher Appointed Information Commissioner By Attorney General

19 July 2019

Western Australia Attorney General John Quigley Catherine Fletcher Appointed Information Commissioner Victor P Taffa Catherine Fletcher appointed Information Commissioner for a 5-year term which commenced on 16 July, 2019 Attorney General John Quigley is pleased to announce the appointment of Catherine Fletcher to the position of Information Commissioner. “Ms. Fletcher brings to the role more […]

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Magistrate O’Sullivan Appointed New State Coroner By Attorney General

Magistrate O’Sullivan Appointed New State Coroner By Attorney General

11 July 2019

New South Wales Attorney General Mark Speakman Magistrate O’Sullivan To Be New State Coroner Victor P Taffa Attorney General Mark Speakman today announced the appointment of Magistrate Teresa O’Sullivan as the new State Coroner. Attorney General Speakman said Magistrate O’Sullivan is the second woman to lead the New South Wales Coroners Court, following in the […]

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Bundaberg Courthouse Upgrade Completion Is Expected For November 2019

Bundaberg Courthouse Upgrade Completion Is Expected For November 2019

09 July 2019

Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath Bundaberg Courthouse Upgrade On Track Victor P Taffa Construction work on the $2 Million refurbishment of the Bundaberg Courthouse is tracking on schedule after beginning 4 weeks ago. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said the extensive internal refurbishment, which will feature modern new facilities throughout, is expected to be […]

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Attorney-General To Review Submissions On Section 194K

Attorney-General To Review Submissions On Section 194K

08 July 2019

Tasmania Attorney-General Elise Archer Government To Review Submissions On Section 194K Victor P Taffa Submissions have now closed in response to the Discussion Paper into Section 194K of the Evidence Act 2001. Section 194K of the Evidence Act 2001 currently prohibits the identification of complainants in sexual offence proceedings, including when the person is an […]

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Child Exploitation And Encrypted Material Bill Passes Parliament

Child Exploitation And Encrypted Material Bill Passes Parliament

06 July 2019

South Australia Attorney-General Vickie Chapman Greater Powers To Fight Online Child Pornography Victor P Taffa News laws cracking down on people who distribute or help distribute child pornography online have now passed State Parliament. New Statutes Amendment (Child Exploitation and Encrypted Material) Bill 2017 establishes new offences ensuring those who manage or promote websites featuring […]

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Terry Gardiner Appointed As Chief Magistrate By Attorney-General

Terry Gardiner Appointed As Chief Magistrate By Attorney-General

04 July 2019

Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath New Chief Magistrate And Magistrate Appointed Victor P Taffa Queensland’s new Chief Magistrate, Terry Gardiner, will bring a wealth of experience to the role following almost 5 years as the State’s Deputy Chief Magistrate. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath welcomed the appointment, praising the Deputy Chief Magistrate for his […]

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Richard Connock Re-appointed To Office Of Ombudsman

Richard Connock Re-appointed To Office Of Ombudsman

28 June 2019

Tasmania Attorney-General Elise Archer Ombudsman Re-appointed Victor P Taffa Attorney-General Elise Archer has announced that Richard Connock has been re-appointed to the position of Ombudsman ensuring the continuity of the operation of the Office of the Ombudsman and the related roles. Mr. Connock has served in this position, which incorporates the roles of Health Complaints […]

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Sarah Gebert Appointed To Coroners Court

Sarah Gebert Appointed To Coroners Court

26 June 2019

Victoria Attorney-General Jill Hennessy New Appointment To The Coroners Court Victor P Taffa Andrews Government has today announced the appointment of Sarah Gebert as a coroner of the Coroners Court of Victoria. “Ms. Gebert’s understanding of both the law and forensic science, combined with her extensive experience in coronial matters and policy, makes her ideally […]

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Retired Detective Inspector David Plumpton Appointed To Parole Board

Retired Detective Inspector David Plumpton Appointed To Parole Board

24 June 2019

Tasmania Attorney-General Elise Archer Former Police Officer Joins Parole Board Victor P Taffa A former Police officer has been appointed to the Parole Board as part of the Hodgman Government’s commitment to ensuring a member with Policing experience is represented, Attorney-General Elise Archer said. Retired Detective Inspector David Plumpton will take his place on the […]

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Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2019 Introduced Into State Parliament

Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2019 Introduced Into State Parliament

23 June 2019

Western Australia Attorney General John Quigley New Bill To Strengthen Child Sexual Abuse Laws In Western Australia Victor P Taffa Criminal Law Amendment (Uncertain Dates) Bill 2019 introduced into State Parliament Bill seeks to improve the administration of justice for victims of child sexual abuse and ensure perpetrators are held to account A new Bill […]

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Michael Jenkin Appointed To The Coroner’s Court

Michael Jenkin Appointed To The Coroner’s Court

19 June 2019

Western Australia Attorney General John Quigley New Appointment To Help Reduce Backlog In Coroner’s Court Victor P Taffa New Coroner appointed to Coroner’s Court of Western Australia Michael Jenkin will fill the position effective from July 3, 2019 for a 5-year term Appointment brings the total number of Coroners in the jurisdiction to 5 Attorney […]

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Post-Mortem CT Scanner Funded In 2019-20 State Budget

Post-Mortem CT Scanner Funded In 2019-20 State Budget

18 June 2019

South Australia Attorney-General Vickie Chapman $2.1 Million For New CT Scanner To Reduce Post-Mortem Wait Times Victor P Taffa As part of the 2019-20 State Budget, the Marshall Government has committed to purchasing a new CT scanner for Forensic Science South Australia (FSSA), which will significantly reduce post mortem wait times. In South Australia, the […]

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Attorney-General Appoints New District Court Judge And Magistrates

Attorney-General Appoints New District Court Judge And Magistrates

13 June 2019

Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath New District Court Judge And Magistrates For Queensland Victor P Taffa A new judge has today been appointed to the District Court of Queensland, along with 3 new magistrates. Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said Ken Barlow QC would be appointed to the District Court. Ken Barlow QC “Mr. Barlow has more than […]

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Bundaberg Courthouse Upgrade Gets Underway

Bundaberg Courthouse Upgrade Gets Underway

08 June 2019

Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath Refurbishment Of Bundaberg Courthouse Commences Victor P Taffa Construction has commenced on the $2 Million refurbishment of the Bundaberg Courthouse. Quadric Pty Ltd was recently awarded the contract which supports 7 full-time equivalent jobs during the 6 Month capital works project. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said the Bundaberg […]

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Guardianship And Administration Act 2019 Passes Through State Parliament

Guardianship And Administration Act 2019 Passes Through State Parliament

03 June 2019

Victoria Attorney-General Jill Hennessy Guardianship Reform Laws Pass Parliament Victor P Taffa Biggest changes to Victoria’s guardianship and administration laws in more than 30 years have passed the Parliament thanks to the Andrews Government. Guardianship and Administration Act 2019 will better protect the right of adults with a disability whose decision-making capacity might be impaired […]

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Magistrate David Whittle Appointed As South Australia’s Next State Coroner

Magistrate David Whittle Appointed As South Australia’s Next State Coroner

01 June 2019

South Australia Acting Attorney-General Rob Lucas Distinguished Magistrate Appointed As State Coroner Victor P Taffa Widely-respected Magistrate David Whittle is to become South Australia’s next State Coroner, following the resignation of Mark Johns at the end of August. Acting Attorney-General, Rob Lucas said Mr. Whittle has served the Magistrates Court with distinction since his appointment […]

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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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