This fortnight saw the introduction of legislation into parliament that allows survivors of sexual assault and their families to tell their stories, which the Law Institute of Victoria has welcomed. Meanwhile, more non-government schools have signed up to the Government’s respectful relationships program, which is aimed at, amongst other things, the embedding of attitudes that will reduce instances of sexual assault. Victoria Police have also outlined their timelines for the training of officers and prosecutors in digitally recorded evidence in chief to support the expansion of a trial allowing the use of evidence taken from body-worn cameras in family violence matters.
The Government has proposed legislation to streamline the regulation of social services whilst enhancing enforcement powers to protect the vulnerable from harm.
The Government has also appointed six new Judges to the County Court of Victoria. We congratulate Their Honours on their appointments.
The Victorian Ombudsman has released a Casebook containing a snapshot of the thousands of matters involving human rights, as we celebrate the contribution of former Victorian Ombudsman Chas Baragwanath, who sadly passed away this month.
Finally, in the Courts, the Supreme Court has, amongst other things, undertaken the judicial review of Medical Panel Determinations and considered a self-represented litigant’s entitlement to an order for costs.
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