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LIV opposes mandatory sentences, judicial officers must retain discretion
LIV opposes mandatory sentences, judicial officers must retain discretion

 LIV Media 22 May 2018

The Law Institute of Victoria opposes mandatory sentences and believes Victoria’s magistrates and judges must retain discretion when it comes to sentencing, adding the “special reasons exception” must be retained for people with serious mental health issues.

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Courts should make the call on diversion
Courts should make the call on diversion

 Karin Derkley 21 May 2018

Not referring people charged with low level offences to a diversion program was a “wasted opportunity” for them to make changes in their lives, a Law Week forum was told last week...

 

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Invitation: meeting of the criminal law profession
Invitation: meeting of the criminal law profession

 LIV Criminal Law Section 03 May 2018

The Executive Committee of the Criminal Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria has become seriously concerned about the wellbeing of professionals for whom the courts are a regular place of work...

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Budget boost for courts and justice system
Budget boost for courts and justice system

 Karin Derkley 02 May 2018

Increased funding for courts, identified by the Law Institute of Victoria as a top priority in its pre-budget submission, has been welcomed by the Victorian legal profession...

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Courts at a turning point
Courts at a turning point

 Karin Derkley 01 May 2018

It’s taken longer than expected, but the planets are finally aligning to bring courts closer to a paperless environment...

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Welcome: Justice John Champion
Welcome: Justice John Champion

 Law Institute Journal 01 May 2018

Justice John Champion was welcomed to the Supreme Court of Victoria on 13 February 2018. Among the speakers was LIV president Belinda Wilson...

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High Court judgments
High Court judgments

 Andrew Yuile 01 May 2018

In Re Lambie [2018] HCA 6 (14 March 20 18) the High Court considered the meaning of the phrase “under the Crown” in s44(iv) of the Constitution in deciding whether...

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Federal Court judgments
Federal Court judgments

 Dan Star QC 01 May 2018

In Deputy Commissioner of Taxation v Rennie Produce (Aust) Pty Ltd (in liq) [2018] FCAFC 38 (20 March 2018) the Full Court considered the interaction between...

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Family Law judgments
Family Law judgments

 Robert Glade-Wright and Craig Nicol 01 May 2018

In Trustee of the Bankrupt Estate of Hicks & Hicks and Anor [2018] FamCAFC 37 (26 February 2018) a majority of the Full Court (Strickland and Murphy JJ) allowed...

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Supreme Court judgments
Supreme Court judgments

 Professor Greg Reinhardt 01 May 2018

The applicant was an adult son of the deceased, Genevieve Davison, who died in April 2014. The first respondent was the administrator of the intestate estate of the deceased...

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Practice notes
Practice notes

 Peter Lauritsen 01 May 2018

It has long been the practice in the Magistrates’ Court that wherever practicable applications to vary bail are listed before the magistrate who originally granted bail...

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LIV advocacy
LIV advocacy

 Law Institute Journal 01 May 2018

The LIV, with the Criminal Law Executive Committee, wrote to Greens MP Sue Pennicuik. The LIV raised concerns in relation to the reduction of the availability...

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Should sentencing include victim compensation?
Should sentencing include victim compensation?

 Karin Derkley 13 Apr 2018

Criminal lawyers are worried that proposed to increase the chances of victims receiving money owed them may further entrench inequality, criminalise poverty and make things worse for victims...

 

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Sports and the new child safety laws
Sports and the new child safety laws

 Simon Merritt 03 Apr 2018

It is vitally important for sports bodies to be aware of the changes and the practical steps they can take to ensure compliance...

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High Court judgments
High Court judgments

 Andrew Yuile 03 Apr 2018

Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police v Hart; Commonwealth v Yak 3 Investments Pty Ltd; Commonwealth v Flying Fighters Pty Ltd [2018] HCA 1 (7 February 2018) concerned the proper...

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