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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 […]

Call for volunteers: Modern slavery in Australia

ICJV is calling for volunteers to assist in an advocacy intervention in favour of a legislative defence for human trafficking victims compelled to crime in Australia. The position will be consistent with comparative defences in foreign jurisdictions and compliant with Australia’s international obligations. Such a defence, like s 45 of the Modern Slavery Act (UK), […]

Death of senior Magistrate reveals pressures of the job

The recent suicide of respected Magistrate Stephen Myall shows the pressures to which members of the judiciary and legal community are exposed. Such pressures were exacerbated in Stephen’s case when, after making a decision to grant a boy bail in order to sit his exams, he faced an intensely critical response from certain sections of […]

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