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Oversight of wide ranging Coronavirus changes to justice system important, says LIV

Oversight of wide ranging Coronavirus changes to justice system important, says LIV

By LIV Media

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Legislation to introduce changes to the justice system as a result of Coronavirus are unprecedented and will require careful oversight to protect rights, according to the Law Institute of Victoria.
 
LIV President Sam Pandya said the changes were necessary to ensure the justice system is able to continue to function during the Coronavirus epidemic.
 
“Access to our courts and the proper operation of jails, police stations and youth detention centres are essential services which must be preserved during this crisis,” Mr Pandya said.
 
He said the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Bill 2020 did contain a number of checks and balances including sunset clauses and oversights by judges and lawyers.
 
“Courts and prisons and justice centres have had to change the way they operate to keep people safe during this public health crisis,” he said.
 
Mr Pandya said the LIV supported a number of the measures including judge alone trials in criminal matters, where the accused has had access to legal advice and agrees to forgo the right to a jury trial.
 
Greater use of video links and other measures including that a lawyer can attend some hearings in place of a client, with consent, is also to be legislated. 
 
Regulations will outline the broader use of technology in order to witness documents, including wills and affidavits.
 
And bail amendments to remove reporting requirements will help protect people on bail, those they are living with, and Victoria Police from a greater risk of infection.
 
“We cannot have the wheels of justice grind to a halt over the next six months while we wait for this crisis to pass.
 
 “Timely access to justice is important and the oversight of the courts and the legal profession will ensure that people’s rights are respected during this difficult period,” Mr Pandya said.
 

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