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 […]
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 […]
ICJV recently made a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on the Modern Slavery Bill 2018. Read the submission here.
ICJ Victoria endorses a recent media statement by the International Commission of Jurists which condemns the forced retirement of 27 out of 72 judges of the Supreme Court of Poland. The Polish government claims the law and its implementing measure of forced retirements are aimed at improving the administration of justice. However, the ICJ considers […]
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), […]