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Courts grapple with increase in deportation
Courts grapple with increase in deportation

 Karin Derkley 19 Nov 2019

Criminal defence lawyers and judges are increasingly having to take into account the prospect of their clients facing deportation following a criminal sentence...

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Sisters Inside’s Debbie Kilroy and former Justice Betty King headline LIV Women in Leadership event
Sisters Inside’s Debbie Kilroy and former Justice Betty King headline LIV Women in Leadership event

 LIV Media 06 Jun 2019

Leading human rights advocate and CEO of Sisters Inside, Debbie Kilroy OAM will deliver the keynote address at this month’s Women in Leadership lunch, presented by the Law Institute of Victoria...

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Restorative approach gets results
Restorative approach gets results

 Julie Edwards 01 Jun 2019

Thanks to strong leadership and a commitment to reduce the prison population by 30 per cent in 15 years, New Zealand is starting to turn things around...

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Suppression orders protect innocent accused
Suppression orders protect innocent accused

 Karin Derkley 21 May 2019

Proposed changes to suppression laws are “reactive nonsense”, and accused people found innocent may be harmed if it becomes harder for courts to stop media identifying them during a trial...
 

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Suppression orders in the open courts era
Suppression orders in the open courts era

 Karin Derkley 01 Apr 2019

The blanket ban on reporting of the conviction of cardinal George Pell has raised questions about the use of suppression orders...

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Sentencing broadcasts should happen more regularly, lawyers say
Sentencing broadcasts should happen more regularly, lawyers say

 Karin Derkley 15 Mar 2019

The County Court has been applauded for its decision to live broadcast Chief Judge Kidd’s sentencing remarks on the George Pell case...

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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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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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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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