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Family violence
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New family violence resources. 

13 May 2021
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We have curated a library of essential resources that explore the complex dynamics of family violence and focus on how to work with victims and perpetrators in the courtroom.
 

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Gertie's Law returns.

5 May 2021
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Murder and manslaughter. The difference between them often leads to confusion and controversy in the community. The Supreme Court of Victoria’s award-winning podcast, Gertie’s Law, examines the offence of manslaughter in its latest podcast episode.

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Amanda Utt
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New Executive Director of the Victorian Bar.

5 May 2021
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The Victorian Bar has announced the appointment of Amanda Utt as its new Executive Director.
 

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Rowena Orr QC
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New Victorian Solicitor-General appointed.

4 May 2021
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The Victorian Government has announced the appointment of Rowena Orr QC as the next Solicitor-General, the state’s most senior legal adviser and advocate.
 

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Criminal Charge Book updated.

27 April 2021
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The Criminal Charge Book has been updated to include new statutory murder and sexual offence directions. We have also updated commentary to reflect practice developments concerning support dogs and to reflect cases on unchallenged exculpatory evidence.

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Easing of COVID-Safe settings in Victorian Courts and VCAT.

22 April 2021
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Chief Justice Anne Ferguson has issued a joint jurisdictional statement on behalf of the Victorian Courts and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal on easing of COVID-Safe settings.  

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Pocket Evidence Law updated.

19 April 2021
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Supreme Court Justice Chris Beale has recently updated his Pocket Evidence Law resource to incorporate the recent decision of Snyder v DPP [2021] VSCA 96.

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Review of Sexual Harassment in Victorian Courts.

19 April 2021
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The College welcomes the release of the Review of Sexual Harassment in Victorian Courts. The report makes an important contribution to identifying the prevalence of sexual harassment, and the steps Victorian courts and VCAT can take to ensure they are safe and respectful workplaces.

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Koori Twilight: 30 Years and Counting
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30th anniversary of Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

15 April 2021
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This is a time for solemn reflection, as we acknowledge that there is still considerable change required to address the disproportionate number of First Nations people entering our justice system.

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New Appointment to the Court of Appeal.

13 April 2021
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The Victorian Government has announced the appointment of Solicitor-General Kristen Walker QC as a judge of the Court of Appeal, commencing 3 May 2021.

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New report on serious offending by people serving a community correction order.

8 April 2021
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The Sentencing Advisory Council has released its report on the number of people sentenced in 2019–20 for committing a serious offence while serving a community correction order.

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Sentencing Advisory Council releases new Sentencing Snapshots.

31 March 2021
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The Sentencing Advisory Council has released seven new Sentencing Snapshots for serious offences including, murder, manslaughter and culpable driving causing death.