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State and Federal Government investments in justice welcomed

State and Federal Government investments in justice welcomed

By LIV Media

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This week’s announcements of substantial investment in the justice system by the Victorian and Federal Governments will help courts transition from COVID-19 to COVIDSafe, according to the Law Institute of Victoria.

LIV President Tania Wolff said today’s $210 million support for the legal system announced by Victorian Attorney General Jaclyn Symes and the Federal Government announcement of $123.8 million over four years to support the federal courts was welcome.

“The additional courts funding will help prevent cases getting bogged down while waiting for resolution.

“It is a truism that justice delayed is justice denied. Delays can stymie delivery of justice. They cause stress and pressure on victims, witnesses and those facing charges,” Ms Wolff said.

Ms Wolff said the LIV hoped that the funding would also be rolled out to regional courts to enable people to access justice locally.

“We will continue to work with the courts, the government and the profession to examine what measures introduced during last year’s COVID pandemic worked well and what further reforms are needed to ensure people have their day in court, whether it is virtual or in person,” she said.

 


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