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Chief Justice French at the 2017 Annual Fundraising Dinner

Justice Bromberg, Justice Eames and Michael Cahill SC

Advocacy and Events

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COLY – Thank You!

On 29 January, the 2019 Community Opening of the Legal Year was held at Waldron Hall, County Court of Victoria, with over 100 members of the legal and broader community attending. We were extremely fortunate to have a number of excellent guests speak at this year’s event, including Justice Jane Dixon, Sam Elkin and students […]

Kids Behind Barbed Wire

30 years after launching the Convention on the Rights of the Child, children are being held in appalling conditions in military detention in Palestine, behind wire in Mexico, on Manus and Nauru as part of Australia’s offshore processing policy and in a prison condemned for adult occupation in the NT of Australia. Children with mental […]

2019 Community Opening of the Legal Year

The International Commission of Jurists (Victoria) is pleased to invite you to the Community Opening of the Legal Year, which will be held at 9am on Tuesday 29 January 2019. This year, our headline acts will include: – Joy Murphy Wandin, Wurundjeri Elder – Justice Jane Dixon, Supreme Court of Victoria – Sam Elkin, LGBTIQ […]

Media Release: Informer 3838

The International Commission of Jurists (Victoria) supports the decision to establish a Royal Commission into the activities of Victoria Police and others which the High Court has justifiably described as reprehensible and atrocious. The United Nation’s Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers include: 12. Lawyers shall at all times maintain the honour and dignity […]

Media Release: Accountability and Scrutiny of Judges

The Leader of the Victorian Opposition and the Shadow Attorney-General have called for greater accountability and scrutiny of the sentencing decisions of our judges. Their proposal can be read here. It calls for what would in effect be ‘league tables’ comparing the sentencing records of individual judges. The unstated and erroneous assumption being that, despite […]