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Criminal Law Section Annual Report 2020
Criminal Law Section Annual Report 2020

 Criminal Law Section 01 Dec 2020

The Criminal Law Section was established by the Council of the Law Institute of Victoria in 1979. The Section represents lawyers working in all areas of criminal law including defence, state and Commonwealth prosecutions, government, courts and academia. The objectives of the Section are to...

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Access to justice: Remote hearings – the new normal?
Access to justice: Remote hearings – the new normal?

 Chirag Patel 01 Dec 2020

In the wake of COVID-19, the courts have become adept at conducting hearings online. However, Chirag Patel believes their future use should be limited to ensure access to justice is not compromised. 

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Diversity: Shifting the balance
Diversity: Shifting the balance

 Molina Asthana 01 Dec 2020

Inclusion initiatives must not fall off the priority list during and post-COVID-19.

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Bendigo Court redevelopment a new model for Victorian courts
Bendigo Court redevelopment a new model for Victorian courts

 Karin Derkley 30 Oct 2020

Central Victorian practitioners have welcomed the redevelopment of the Bendigo Law Court after more than ten years of lobbying to update the original 19th century facility...
 

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Technology: Move online brings challenges
Technology: Move online brings challenges

 Molina Asthana 01 Sep 2020

Increased use of technology in Victorian courts raises questions of access to justice. 

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Youth legal need surges during pandemic
Youth legal need surges during pandemic

 Karin Derkley 25 Aug 2020

COVID-19 has been driving a surge in young people calling for legal assistance through Youthlaw, Victoria’s free community legal centre for people under 25 years of age...

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Courts’ therapeutic approach continues during pandemic
Courts’ therapeutic approach continues during pandemic

 Karin Derkley 20 Aug 2020

Victoria's specialist and mainstream courts have continued to provide therapeutic support programs during the pandemic, recently appointed Head of Division Specialist Courts Magistrate Pauline Spencer told the Criminal Law Conference...

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Submission to the Inquiry into Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence
Submission to the Inquiry into Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence

 LIV Family, Criminal and Administrative Law and Human Rights Sections 30 Jul 2020

The LIV, informed by expert lawyers assisting vulnerable families, women and children escaping from family violence, have provided its submission to the Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs' inquiry...  

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LIV submission to the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor
LIV submission to the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor

 Family Law and Criminal Law Sections 24 Jul 2020

The LIV, informed by lawyers specialising in assisting vulnerable families and children seeking protection from family violence, has provided its submission to the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor. Evaluating the progress of reforms since the Royal Commission into Family Violence....

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Data driven legal assistance
Data driven legal assistance

 Karin Derkley 15 Jul 2020

Who uses legal assistance services and why is being explored by Victoria Law Foundation In the first stage of a data mapping project of the state's civil justice system...

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Supporting people through “mystifying” court system
Supporting people through “mystifying” court system

 Karin Derkley 03 Jun 2020

Lawyers and magistrates need to be made disability-aware to give cognitively disabled people a more positive interaction with the justice system, a magistrate has said....

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Law Week triumphs despite COVID-19 restrictions
Law Week triumphs despite COVID-19 restrictions

 Karin Derkley 28 May 2020

Two months ago the COVID-19 lockdown put a question mark over whether Law Week would even happen this year. Now, the Victoria Law Foundation is celebrating the wrap-up of a hugely successful week, with hundreds of people attending some sessions despite most of the more than 100 events being held online...

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Online legal help leader recognised with award
Online legal help leader recognised with award

 Karin Derkley 13 May 2020

It is perhaps fitting that the COVID-19 restrictions prevented Justice Connect's Kate Fazio from picking up her Telstra Businesswoman's Award for Purpose and Social Enterprise in person...

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Law Week goes online
Law Week goes online

 Karin Derkley 29 Apr 2020

In its 40th year, Law Week has reinvented itself to take more than 90 activities online after its traditional line up was hit by COVID-19 restrictions...

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CLCs experiencing spike in COVID-19 demand
CLCs experiencing spike in COVID-19 demand

 Karin Derkley 16 Apr 2020

Community legal services, already dealing with a spike of legal issues because of the COVID-19 lockdown, are now anticipating a spate in inquiries from people who have been fined for breaching COVID-19 measures...
 

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