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LIV calls on parties to respect and protect the critical role of judicial independence and discretion
LIV calls on parties to respect and protect the critical role of judicial independence and discretion

 LIV Media 16 Nov 2018

Despite the proven ineffectiveness of mandatory sentencing as a deterrent to crime, the government plans to introduce mandatory sentences...

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Getting to the heart of the matter
Getting to the heart of the matter

 Carolyn Ford 03 Sep 2018

Writer Helen Garner is proving to be a source of good judgment for the judiciary. 

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Courts not soft on crime: oration
Courts not soft on crime: oration

 Carolyn Ford 23 Aug 2018

Are courts soft on crime? Tasmanian Governor and law professor Kate Warner spoke to this question in the Victoria Law Foundation 2018 Law Oration she delivered on August 21 at the Supreme Court...

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De novo appeals a vital 'safety net'
De novo appeals a vital 'safety net'

 Karin Derkley 14 Aug 2018

Scrapping the right of a defendant to have their Magistrates' Court criminal matter heard anew in a higher court is unjustified and could lead to miscarriages of justice, practitioners have warned...

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Letter to Attorney-General
Letter to Attorney-General

 Lara Freidin 23 Jul 2018

The LIV's letter to the Attorney-General on mandatory sentencing for attacks on emergency services and health workers....

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LIV calls for re-think on proposed mandatory sentences
LIV calls for re-think on proposed mandatory sentences

 LIV Media 23 Jul 2018

The LIV has written to the Attorney-General Martin Pakula reaffirming its strong opposition to the state government’s proposed mandatory sentences...

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Mandatory sentencing podcast
Mandatory sentencing podcast

 Law Institute Journal 20 Jul 2018

How appropriate is mandatory sentencing? The Victorian Government has taken another step towards mandatory sentencing which will see Victorians found guilty of assaulting paramedics, police and other emergency and health workers...

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Community no better off, despite more prisoners: Ombudsman
Community no better off, despite more prisoners: Ombudsman

 Karin Derkley 10 Jul 2018

Victoria has more prisoners at greater expense, no drop in crime or recidivism and the community feels less safe, says lawyer Tania Wolff commenting on...

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LIV disappointed by lack of consultation around mandatory sentencing legislation
LIV disappointed by lack of consultation around mandatory sentencing legislation

 LIV Media 20 Jun 2018

The Law Institute of Victoria is seriously concerned the state government is introducing mandatory sentences for people who attack...

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Letter to Minister Neville on the Serious Offenders Bill 2018
Letter to Minister Neville on the Serious Offenders Bill 2018

 Lara Freidin 04 Jun 2018

The LIV wrote to Minister Neville outlining its concerns with the human rights implications of post-sentence detention of persons that are already serving sentences for serious violent offences.

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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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Pesutto on law and order
Pesutto on law and order

 Karin Derkley 15 May 2018

Shadow Attorney General John Pesutto believes there is a "pronounced discordance" between the legal sector and the general public...

 

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Sentencing guidelines need safeguards
Sentencing guidelines need safeguards

 Karin Derkley 24 Apr 2018

Sentencing guidelines should not be allowed to undermine judges' discretion on sentencing decisions, the LIV has warned in a submission to the Sentencing Advisory Council... 

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Banning CCOs will not make community safer
Banning CCOs will not make community safer

 Karin Derkley 18 Apr 2018

Restricting judges from issuing Community Corrections Orders (CCOs) will not improve community safety and will instead set a dangerous precedent of limiting judicial discretion in sentencing critics say...

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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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