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Detention should be last resort, LIV tells inquiry
Detention should be last resort, LIV tells inquiry

 Karin Derkley 08 Sep 2021

Detention should be a measure of last resort, but instead an increasing number of Victorians are being detained before they have even been found guilty of a crime, LIV president Tania Wolff told the Parliamentary Inquiry into Victoria’s Criminal Justice System.

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Criminal lawyers encouraged to participate in diversion survey
Criminal lawyers encouraged to participate in diversion survey

 Karin Derkley 21 Apr 2021

A survey by the LIV’s Criminal Law Section hopes to clarify why diversion applications by criminal defence lawyers for their clients are apparently frequently denied without cause...

 

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Victorian law reform: How sexual offences are dealt with
Victorian law reform: How sexual offences are dealt with

 VLRC 01 Dec 2020

The VLRC wants to hear the views of practitioners on the best ways of responding to sexual offences, including alternatives to the justice system.

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High Court judgments
High Court judgments

 David Kelsey-Sugg 01 Aug 2020

Criminal trial – mixed statements

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High Court judgments
High Court judgments

 David Kelsey-Sugg 01 Jun 2020

Sexual offences against children – appeal against conviction by jury.

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High Court judgments
High Court judgments

 David Kelsey-Sugg 01 May 2020

Sexual offences against children – appeal against conviction by jury.

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High Court judgments
High Court judgments

 David Kelsey-Sugg 01 Apr 2020

Directions to jury – Liberato direction.

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High Court judgments
High Court judgments

 David Kelsey-Sugg 01 Mar 2020

Crown appeal against sentence – procedural fairness . . .

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Judicial College of Victoria: Collaborating against family violence
Judicial College of Victoria: Collaborating against family violence

 Elanor Peattie 01 Mar 2020

Multidisciplinary approaches involve a departure from the traditional 
adversarial model of justice to one that is collaborative and problem-solving...

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Criminal law: Sex Offenders Register – A guide for lawyers
Criminal law: Sex Offenders Register – A guide for lawyers

 Bill Doogue 01 Feb 2020

There are some basic concepts that lawyers should be familiar with when assisting clients on the sex offenders register...

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Criticisms of committals process unfounded
Criticisms of committals process unfounded

 Karin Derkley 23 Jan 2020

Abolishing committal hearings will undermine fundamental rights in the criminal justice system and exacerbate trial delays in the higher courts by making pre-trial processes significantly longer and increasing the number of cases that proceed to trial, the LIV says...
 

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Videolink assessments defended
Videolink assessments defended

 Karin Derkley 09 Dec 2019

Forensic psychologists and psychiatrists have defended the use of video conferencing for mental health assessments of defendants after a County Court judge claimed the practice was not a reliable or valid method for a forensic report...

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Lowering the bar of admissibility
Lowering the bar of admissibility

 Antony Lee Berger 01 Jul 2019

There has been a major upheaval in the High Court’s approach to tendency evidence resulting in lowering the threshold for admitting tendency evidence. This strongly favours the prosecution, especially in sexual offence cases...

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Have your say on committal hearings
Have your say on committal hearings

 VLRC 01 Jul 2019

The VLRC is exploring whether committals should be abolished or reformed to reduce victims’ trauma...

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Opposition welcomes debate on old minor offences
Opposition welcomes debate on old minor offences

 Karin Derkley 20 Feb 2019

Support for the Spent Convictions Bill is growing, with the LIV, the Victorian Bar and former shadow attorney-general John Pesutto coming out in favour of the scheme which would wipe clean the criminal record of those with minor convictions after 10 years, or five years for minors. ..

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