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), […]
ICJV has endorsed a submission prepared by Jessie Smith of Stary Norton Halphen to the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor. The submission concerns s 19AG of the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) which establishes minimum non-parole periods for persons convicted of certain offences. The position of the submission is that s 19AG is not adapted to […]