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LIV welcomes investment in our courts in state budget

LIV welcomes investment in our courts in state budget

By LIV Media

Access to Justice 

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The Law Institute of Victoria welcomes and strongly supports the $257.4 million investment in the state’s justice system, which was announced in today’s State Budget.

The LIV has advocated for additional investment in our courts, including more funding for extra judges and magistrates and Legal Aid, plus a commitment to tackle mental health and wellbeing issues in the community.

LIV President Belinda Wilson said she was pleased the State Government had listened to the concerns of the legal profession and has committed to increasing court capacity with much-needed additional funding.

Ms Wilson said: “The LIV believes the extra investment will make a genuine difference in our justice system, delivering a more effective and efficient system.”

The State Government is investing $257 million to recruit new judges and magistrates, better support victims of crime, introduce counter-terrorism reforms and upgrade courts in Victoria.

“The LIV is pleased the State Government is providing an extra $128.9 million to increase court capacity, including a new Supreme Court judge, two Country Court judges and eighteen new magistrates,” Ms Wilson said. “The extra judges and magistrates will reduce court backlogs and help reduce stress for everyone involved in the court process. An extra $20 million is going into Werribee and Bendigo law court development, plus a $5 million upgrade at Echuca Law Courts.”

Fifteen new magistrates will be appointed to help reduce delays in the Magistrates’ Court and three magistrates will help establish the new Bail and Remand Court, which was set up following the recommendations from the Bail Act Review.

“The LIV supports the extra $37.3 million for Legal Aid, which will help deliver more legal services to the people that need it the most in our community,” Ms Wilson said.

The State Government has allocated $21.8 million for more prosecutors and to also support the prosecution of serious crimes.

The LIV believes the State Government’s commitment of $705 million to help and support people with mental health issues in the community will make a significant difference. Members of the legal profession struggling with mental health issues will be able to access new services as a result of this funding.

Ms Wilson supported the $32.6 million investment to address elder abuse and secure the state’s public aged care services. There is an extra $6 million allocated to tackle elder abuse and extend a trial of an integrated care model. The LIV has done a lot of work to help reduce elder abuse and in our community.

The Government is investing a further $42.5 million, on top of last year’s commitment of $1.9 billion, to tackle family violence.


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