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The Law Institute of Victoria welcomes further investment in Court Recovery and Family Violence Support

The Law Institute of Victoria welcomes further investment in Court Recovery and Family Violence Support

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The large investment into Courts and Family Violence will help the justice system recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and support vulnerable Victorian families, according to the Law Institute of Victoria.

“This announcement is a timely response to the challenges of the pandemic,” LIV President Sam Pandya said.

“We welcome the additional $23.1 million boost to provide greater flexibility in court and justice processes, particularly the expansion of the specialist family violence legal services model” he said.

My Pandya said the government has continued to prioritise improved safety measures of vulnerable Victorians impacted by family violence who are already significantly traumatised, so any investment to support these matters being settled outside of Court only serves to reduce the impact of further trauma.

The LIV also welcomed the additional funding to address the delays faced by the justice sector caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The pandemic has highlighted the need for greater investment in technology to support the administration and access to justice across Victoria,” Mr Pandya said.  “The justice system has made great strides since March transforming into a digital world, however, greater investment in staff across the Magistrates’ Court, Children’s Court and VCAT will only serve to enable more hearings to be heard online enhancing the experience for those involved.

“Further appointments of judicial registrars and support staff is welcome and necessary to allow the appropriate management of backlogs in the Magistrates’ and Children’s courts while also enabling the Coroners Court to swiftly address matters for grieving Victorians impacted by deaths in aged care arising from the COVID-19 outbreak.”

The LIV also welcomed additional funding for the Victoria Legal Aid Help Before Court service which assists people prepare before their court date online as well as the new legal service hubs for regional Aboriginal Victorians.

 

 

 

 


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