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Who gives way at the crossroads?
Who gives way at the crossroads?

 Andrew Field and Michael Rancie 02 Jul 2018

Should civil proceedings be stayed when an accused is also facing criminal proceedings?...

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New DNA powers open to abuse
New DNA powers open to abuse

 Karin Derkley 22 Jun 2018

New police powers to obtain DNA samples from adults, youth and disabled suspects without a court order are unwarranted and open to abuse, lawyers say... 

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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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Police complaints system needs drastic overhaul
Police complaints system needs drastic overhaul

 Karin Derkley 04 Apr 2018

Community lawyers are so disenchanted with the police complaints system that they are no longer bothering to report instances of police misconduct, preferring to refer matters directly to civil proceedings instead...

 

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Police conduct in CCTV footage 'distressing': LIV
Police conduct in CCTV footage 'distressing': LIV

 LIV Media 04 Apr 2018

Law Institute of Victoria president Belinda Wilson said the police behaviour shown in recent CCTV footage was “distressing and disturbing”...

 

 

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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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Federal Court judgments
Federal Court judgments

 Dan Star QC 03 Apr 2018

In Migration Agents Registration Authority v Frugtniet [2018] FCAFC 5 (30 January 2018), the Full Court considered whether the privilege against exposure to a penalty (penalty privilege) was available to a respondent...

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Offensive comments drive call for independent police complaints body
Offensive comments drive call for independent police complaints body

 Karin Derkley 27 Feb 2018

Extraordinarily offensive comments by a former senior Victorian police officer responsible for professional standards highlights need for a complaints system that holds police accountable for their conduct, says the LIV...

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Crime down, but more in prison
Crime down, but more in prison

 Karin Derkley 09 Feb 2018

Crime rates in Victoria are down, but prisoner numbers are up, according to two recent reports...

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Youth workers, not police, needed in schools
Youth workers, not police, needed in schools

 Karin Derkley 06 Feb 2018

The Opposition's proposal to embed police in Victorian schools will do nothing to prevent youth crime and will instead foster a schools-to-prison pipeline, youth justice advocates say...

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Ethnicity rarely relevant in crime reporting
Ethnicity rarely relevant in crime reporting

 Karin Derkley 22 Dec 2017

Don’t focus on race where it is not relevant, and avoid reinforcing ethnic-based stereotypes when reporting on crime, lawyers from the Police Accountability Project have advised journalists...

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IBAC defends record on police complaints
IBAC defends record on police complaints

 LIJ 26 Oct 2017

Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) general counsel Dr John Lynch has responded to an opinion article published in the October 2017 LIJ in which human rights lawyer Merys Williams argues that police misconduct complaints should be investigated by an independent, transparent complaints body...

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The trouble with IBAC
The trouble with IBAC

 Merys Williams 02 Oct 2017

It's time for an independent investigation of police misconduct complaints....

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Victoria Police Restorative Engagement and Redress Scheme
Victoria Police Restorative Engagement and Redress Scheme

 Criminal Law Section 26 May 2017

The LIV welcomes the Department of Justice and Regulation's inquiry into the merit and form of a restorative engagement...

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Review of Victoria's Bail System
Review of Victoria's Bail System

 Criminal Law Section 31 Mar 2017

The LIV's Review of Victoria's Bail System submission was prepared in response to the Victorian Government's decision to review Victoria's Bail System.

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