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Review of Sexual Harassment in Victorian Courts.

Review of Sexual Harassment in Victorian Courts.The College welcomes the release of the Review of Sexual Harassment in Victorian Courts.

The report, which was jointly initiated by the Victorian Attorney-General and the Chief Justice in July 2020, provides a roadmap to take action to ensure all courts and tribunals are safe and respectful workplaces.

In a joint statement, the Heads of Jurisdiction, members of Courts Council and the CEO of Court Services Victoria said the courts and VCAT were committed to cultural change.

“We also acknowledge that our organisational responses to date have not been good enough and that we must and will do more,” they said.

The Board of the College has considered the recommendations of the Review that are directed to the College and supports their implementation. The Heads of Jurisdiction, Court Services Victoria, and the Judicial Commission also support all the recommendations that have been made to them.  

You can access the report and the responses in the links below.

Access the final report and appendices 

Watch the Chief Justice of Victoria, Anne Ferguson, respond to the report

“Sexual harassment is harmful, unlawful and wrong. It goes against everything our justice system is built on. I want to make it clear we will not put up with any form of wrongful conduct in our courts or VCAT. There will be zero tolerance for sexual harassment.”

View video transcript 

Media release

Access the media release from Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes. 

Joint statement 

Read a joint statement from the Courts Council, comprising the Heads of Jurisdiction and independent members.

External sexual harassment reporting avenues 

Access a summary of sexual harassment reporting avenues for people who experience or witness sexual harassment in the Courts or VCAT.