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LIV calls for parties to commit to increased court resourcing

LIV calls for parties to commit to increased court resourcing

By LIV Media

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The LIV is calling on all parties to commit to increased court resourcing and services in the upcoming 2018 Victorian state election

Continued under-resourcing of courts has resulted in delays and backlog, placing unsustainable strain on the workloads of judges, magistrates, courts staff and lawyers, and contributed to overcrowding of prisons and police holding cells.

Consequently, delays in the ability of courts to hear cases in a timely way can delay access to justice for some of Victoria’s most vulnerable and without the availability of specialised services, there is a greater possibility of recidivism and less opportunity for effective rehabilitation.

The LIV believes increased funding for courts is essential to relieve current pressures, through appointments of additional court staff including a commitment to appropriately resourcing bail and remand courts to reduce waiting times and relieve overcrowding in prisons and police holding cells.

We call on all parties to commit to a range of funding initiatives which will benefit communities all across Victoria, not simply those working in the legal profession. Some commitments include:

  • Greater investment in the Court Integrated Services Program (CISP) and Remand Outreach program for increased monitoring, treatment and supervision of people on bail and remand.
  • Expansion of the reach and range of specialised court division services, including the Children’s Court, Family Drug Treatment Court, Drug Court, Assessment and Referral Court, Koori Court and Family Violence Court Division, particularly in regional Victoria.
  • Increased training for specialised magistrates, registrars, support workers, police prosecutors, outreach workers and lawyers, and for magistrates exercising specialist court division jurisdiction in regional areas.
  • The retention of de novo appeals against conviction and sentence from Magistrates Courts to County Courts, which play an essential role in ensuring the summary justice system is accessible, efficient and consistent.

The LIV is actively advocating for these changes to court resourcing and service provision and continues to meet with heads of jurisdiction and court services to collaborate on ways to improve efficiencies in the court system.

Read the LIV’s full Call to Parties in the October LIJ here: https://www.liv.asn.au/Staying-Informed/LIJ/LIJ/October-2018/The-LIV-calls-on-all-parties-to-commit-to---

 


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