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MCV Specialist Courts & Programs CPD Series: Family Violence Matters

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MCV Specialist Courts & Programs CPD Series: Family Violence Matters

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CPD Units 1.5
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Skills
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As part of its court operations, the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria provides a number of specialist courts and programs that aim to improve outcomes for court users and the community. This includes implementing recommendations from the 2016 Royal Commission into family violence. Some of these recommendations relate to the MCV’s Specialist Family Violence Courts (SFVC), which commenced sitting in 2019.

This session in the MCV Specialist Courts & Programs CPD series will teach you best practice in the family violence space. Learn how to effectively prepare and present family violence matters in the Magistrates’ Court and what supports and services are available.

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  • Family Violence Matters - Tuesday 30 Nov
    • 4:20 PM Webinar Launch
      The webinar will launch ten minutes before the event begins. It is recommended that you log in a few minutes early to test your settings and familiarise yourself with webinar features.
    • 4:30 PM Opening & Welcome
    • 4:35 PM Judging in a Therapeutic Way

      In this part of the session, Supervising Magistrate for Family Violence, Her Honour Magistrate Stella Stuthridge, will discuss the key expectations of practitioners in family violence matters including what is important and why (key documents).

      Her Honour will explain the differences associated with family violence matters compared to other court processes. Case studies relating to the life-changing impact of the Court and plans for the future will be outlined.

      Presenter: Magistrate Stella Stuthridge, Supervising Magistrate for Family Violence

    • 5:05 PM Lawyering in the Specialist Family Violence Court

      In this session, our presenters discuss how preparation and advocacy can be adapted to suit the nuances of work in this sector.
      Topics include:

      • Key case law and decisions to be aware of in practice
      • High-level overview of distinctive factors of the Specialist Family Violence matters
      • Key roles and procedures within the courts

      Insights and perspectives of both affected family members and/or protected people and the respondents will be explored.

      Presenters:

      • Irene Chrisopoulidis, Managing Principal Lawyer, Legal & Prosecutions, Victoria Police
      • Sharika Jeyakumar, Program Manager, Family Violence at Victoria Legal Aid
    • 5:45 PM Q&A Forum
    • 6:00 PM Webinar Close

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    Family Violence Matters

    Family violence is harmful behaviour that is used to control, threaten, force or dominate a family member through fear. The Royal Commission into family violence was established in 2015 after several family violence-related deaths in Victoria. The 2016 Royal Commission made 227 recommendations to transform the way Victoria responds to family violence. The Magistrates’ Court of Victoria is responsible for implementing 26 of those recommendations. Four years after the commission released its findings, the MCV has acquitted 19 recommendations with seven still in progress.

    Some of these recommendations relate to the MCV’s Specialist Family Violence Courts (SFVC) which commenced sitting in 2019. As of June 2021, there are six SFVC locations: Shepparton, Ballarat, Moorabbin, Heidelberg, Frankston and Online.

    These courts provide victim survivors and their families access to purpose-built court facilities, including a separate entrance and exit, and a safe waiting area. They provide a specialised operating model and support services, including additional specialist registry staff and applicant and respondent practitioners. These specialist courts mark a major step towards a safer court experience for families living with violence.

    This instalment of the MCV Specialist Courts & Programs CPD series will teach you best practice in the family violence space. Learn how to effectively prepare and present family violence matters in the Magistrates’ Court and what supports and services are available.

    About the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria Specialist Courts & Programs CPD Series

    As part of its court operations, MCV provides a number of specialist courts and programs that aim to improve outcomes for court users and the community. Many of those who come before the court are assessed to have underlying mental health or substance abuse issues, social or cultural disadvantage, or a disability. Our specialist courts and programs are solution focused. They use the opportunity of an individual’s participation in the justice system to prevent offending, improve wellbeing and increase community safety.

    The LIV in partnership with the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria, will provide information, resources and CPD about all the specialist courts and programs available at MCV that will ensure all practitioners are up to date and prepared when appearing in each Court, including client eligibility, referral process, what is expected of practitioners and best practice.

    MCV Specialist Courts & Programs Learning Hub

    The Magistrates' Court Specialist Courts & Programs Learning Hub is designed to complement the CPD series and contains additional information on the Court's specialist courts and programs, including links to online resources, fact sheets, key cases and LIJ articles, as well as recordings of past sessions. Access this free resource here.

  • Presenters
    Magistrate Stella Stuthridge

    Magistrate Stella Stuthridge, Supervising Magistrate for Family Violence

    Magistrate Stella Stuthridge is the Supervising Magistrate for Family Violence and Personal Safety Intervention Orders.  Magistrate Stuthridge is principally involved in the implementation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence recommendations at the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria and provides leadership to Magistrates within the family violence space, including chairing the judicial Family Violence Portfolio Group. 

    Magistrate Stuthridge completed an honours degree in law from La Trobe University and has subsequently attained a post-graduate master qualification in international criminal law through Monash University.  Magistrate Stuthridge has also completed an executive development program through Stanford University.  Prior to her appointment, Magistrate Stuthridge practiced as a solicitor and operated her own law firm in Bendigo.


    Irene Chrisopoulidis

    Irene Chrisopoulidis, Managing Principal Lawyer, Legal & Prosecutions, Victoria Police

    Irene Chrisopoulidis is the managing principal lawyer of the Police Lawyers Group at Victoria Police. Irene has led the expansion of the Police Lawyers Group and deployment of Police Lawyers across family violence prosecutions into regional and metropolitan prosecutions units. As a senior member of the Legal Services Department, Irene works closely with the Family Violence Command to develop, improve and implement processes that underpin the Victoria Police Family Violence service response.

    Prior to this role, Irene practised as a Solicitor with the Child Protection Litigation Office at the Department of Health & Human Services, appearing daily in the Children’s Court of Victoria and has experience across private sector legal practice, having started her career practising in family law and deceased estate disputes.


    Sharika Jeyakumar

    Sharika Jeyakumar, Program Manager, Family Violence at Victoria Legal Aid

    Sharika Jeyakumar is the Program Manager, Family Violence at Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) and is responsible for leading and developing VLA's program of family violence legal services throughout Victoria.

    Sharika commenced at VLA almost a decade ago and has worked and acted in a variety of policy and project roles across the organisation, including as Project Manager for the Means Test Review, Project Coordinator of the Specialist Family Violence Courts project and more recently as the Associate Director, Family Violence Response.

     

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