Victoria Legal Aid spending skyrockets by $19m after spike in crime

Chanel Kinniburgh, Herald Sun| November 1, 2017  A SPIKE in serious crime and family violence helped send Victoria Legal Aid’s spending skyrocketing by $19 million last year. It comes as Victoria’s Magistrates’ Court revealed it was inundated with an increased number of criminal...
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Do the crime but not the time in lenient state

14 Oct 2017 • Weekend Australian, Australia (General News) by John Ferguson EXCLUSIVE Criminals were handed significantly less jail time in Victoria compared with NSW across 15 key offences ranging from homicide to rape and robbery, with the courts backing some of the lowest...
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Criticism for top judge in DPP row

13 Oct 2017 • The Australian, Australia (General News) by Nicola Berkovic Simon Benson EXCLUSIVE Senior legal figures have rounded on former Victorian chief justice Marilyn Warren for demanding that the state’s top prosecutor try to suspend a High Court appeal against a...
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States of justice: jail lighter in Victoria

12 Oct 2017 • The Australian, Australia (General News) by John Ferguson Penalties in Victoria lag behind NSW and Queensland for offences that carry jail terms but a legal expert has warned that comparative data should be interpreted cautiously and urged that local factors be...
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Fatal hit-run driver ‘on parole’

12 Oct 2017 • The Australian, Australia (General News) by Rebecca Urban The hit-and-run death of a Melbourne nurse has ramped up the pressure on Victoria’s embattled justice system, after police issued an arrest warrant for a 20-year-old who had previously been the driver...
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Sentencing is broken

The High Court showed today that sentences under Daniel Andrews are too weak. We need a tough on crime approach and that is why the Liberals are putting forward the strongest sentencing reforms in Australia. Read more here: http://bit.ly/Guy-MandatorySentencing
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One punch sentencing laws are being ignored

06 Oct 2017 • Mildura Weekly, Melbourne LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The latest example of prosecutors revoking a notice of intention to seek the 10 year minimum sentence for cowardly one punch attacks is further evidence that our justice system is out of touch. Under (Premier) Daniel...
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Bail breaching out of control under Andrews Labor Government

  According to a new report released today by the Sentencing Advisory Council, breaches of bail and sentencing have skyrocketed to unprecedented levels under Daniel Andrews. Since the election of the Andrews Government, the number of offences related to criminal breaches of...
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Top job for ALP ‘mate’

22 Sep 2017 • Herald Sun, Melbourne (General News) by James Dowling Failed candidate now a magistrate A NEWLY appointed magistrate is a repeat Labor election candidate, raising concerns his “partisan appointment” was just a job for a “Labor mate”. Rodney...
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Unhappy at choice

20 Sep 2017 • Shepparton News, Shepparton VIC (General News) by Barclay White OPPOSITION UNHAPPY RODNEY HIGGINS IS APPOINTED TO THE MAGISTRATES’ COURT The Opposition has come out swinging against the Victorian Government after a repeat Labor candidate from Shepparton was...
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McLeish puts Attorney General on notice

20 Sep 2017 • Mansfield Courier, Mansfield VIC (General News) THE Victorian Attorney General, Martin Pakula, will be put on notice by Cindy McLeish (MLA, Eildon) when she officially asks him to visit the Mansfield Courthouse. Raising the issue some months ago during parliament,...
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Full Glare publicity

19 Sep 2017 • Mountain Views Mail – Healesville, Melbourne (General News) by Kath Gannaway More than 50 people attended the Yarra Valley Law and Order Forum hosted by Eildon MP Cindy McLeish and Evelyn MP Christine Fyffe at Woori Yallock on Thursday, 16 September. Shadow...
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