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LIV launches Call to Parties campaign for the Victorian election

LIV launches Call to Parties campaign for the Victorian election

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The Law Institute of Victoria has launched its ‘Call to Parties’ campaign, outlining the 10 key justice issues the major political parties should be addressing in the lead up to the November state election.

LIV president Belinda Wilson said the major political parties should outline to all Victorians how they intend to address the key issues confronting the legal profession and the community if they get into government.

“The LIV has canvassed the views of our members and worked with our legal stakeholders to identify the most significant justice issues in the community and the law and order problems that need to be debated during the election.

“The issues of concern to the legal profession relate to the ability to get access to justice, the need to increase court resources and services, reduce court delays, fix ageing infrastructure, address mandatory sentencing and tackle mental health and wellbeing in the profession.

“These problems can be addressed through planning, investment in resources and infrastructure and a commitment to supporting the legal system.

“If the political parties focus on these issues and commit to resolving these problems we can help the most vulnerable in our community, cut court delays, tackle mental health issues in the profession and make a real difference for all Victorians,” she said.

The LIV has called on the major parties to commit to addressing these 10 issues during the election campaign:

  • Access to Justice
  • Court Resourcing and Services
  • Metropolitan and Regional Legal Infrastructure
  • Health and Wellbeing of the Judiciary and Legal Profession
  • Property and Environmental Law Changes
  • Judicial Independence and Discretion
  • Accountable Policing
  • Health Justice Partnerships
  • Justice Reinvestment and Young People
  • Human Rights Protections

The Call to Parties report has been published in the October edition of the Law Institute Journal.

Ms Wilson said LIV members had been urged to share the Call to Parties report with colleagues and to raise the issues at public forums and meetings with community leaders and with local MPs.

The Call to Parties report is being shared with the LIV’s 19,000 members and can be found on the LIV website. It is being distributed to the Law Institute’s 90 committees and working groups, comprised of about 1400 members who volunteer their time to help with law reform.

The report has also been sent to key legal stakeholders such as the Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner, Law Council of Australia, Victoria Legal Aid, Victoria Law Foundation, Community Legal Centres, Law Council of Australia and other law societies.

The Call to Parties report is available here


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