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Statement from the Law Institute of Victoria on the death of former Premier and LIV president John Cain

Statement from the Law Institute of Victoria on the death of former Premier and LIV president John Cain

By LIV Media


The LIV is saddened by the death of former Victorian Premier, Attorney-General and LIV president John Cain.

Mr Cain was president of the LIV from 1972 to 1973.

LIV president Stuart Webb said Mr Cain’s death was a great loss to the legal community: "John Cain was a legal luminary who played a central role in bringing in important reforms in the legal and social system in Victoria."

"He remained closely connected to the legal profession and to his last days was an active and interested member of the community."

Mr Cain graduated in law from Melbourne University and after completing his articles with Galbally's established his own practice in Preston.

He joined the LIV Council in 1967 and became president in 1972. As a suburban solicitor himself he championed the interests of suburban solicitors within the LIV.

Among his legacies at the LIV was working with former LIV presidents the Hon Bernard Teague and Tony Smith to reform the LIV's disciplinary process, making it more independent and transparent.

He was a Council member until 1976 when he entered Parliament as the Labor member for Bundoora. In 1998 he was honoured by the LIV with a Life Membership.

From 1973 to 1976 he was an executive member of the Law Council of Australia.

As Victorian Premier and Attorney-General Mr Cain led a number of significant legal reforms including introducing freedom of information laws, the Section 32 vendor’s statement, WorkCare (later WorkCover) and the Transport Accident Commission.

Mr Cain also established the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to create a more efficient and independent system by removing the criminal prosecution process from the political arena. The model was quickly picked up by every other state and territory.

The LIV sends its sincere condolences to Mr Cain’s family, including his wife Nancye, and his children Joanne Crothers, State Coroner Judge John Cain, and James Cain.


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