criminal justice system

What is a Defence Lawyer?

The article What is a Defence Lawyer? is written by Sophie Parsons and Brittany Llewellyn of Doogue + George Defence Lawyers. Sophie is a Partner, In-House Counsel, and an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist at Doogue + George. She specialises in...

Jurors on a Trial By Jury

Trial By Media or Trial By Jury?

Trial By Media or Trial By Jury? The merit in retaining Judge alone trials in Victoria The discharge of a jury in a recent high profile rape trial in the Supreme Court of the ACT has served to highlight the...

Gavel

Criminal Records and Spent Convictions

This article was first published on 26 October 2022. The enactment of the Spent Convictions Act 2021 (Vic) means that certain findings of guilt may now become spent. Please read our articles about spent convictions to read more about the...

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Gender in the Justice System

Gender in the Justice System Dear reader, I would like to invite you to participate in a thought experiment. It is my guess that if you are reading this post, you are most likely a man or a woman. Please...

People in a Rush

Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail – How to Successfully Manage Criminal Charges

Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail – How to Successfully Manage Criminal Charges Being charged with criminal offending is extremely stressful. A natural reaction to being charged is to become overwhelmed and refuse to confront the reality of a...

Specialist Defence Lawyers

Developments in Victorian Criminal Law Due to COVID-19 – Judge Alone Trials

Developments in Victorian Criminal Law Due to COVID-19 – Judge Alone Trials The COVID-19 pandemic has forced an already overburdened Victorian criminal justice system to delay hearings to accommodate public health imperatives. Perhaps the most noteworthy example of this was...

Magistrates' Court

Got charged for the first time? Don’t go it alone.

Got charged for the first time? Don’t go it alone. Have you been charged for the first time? A person’s first interaction with the criminal justice system can be daunting. I once read the Magistrates’ Court described as the ‘legal...

Gavel and Books

The VLRC review of contested committals

The VLRC review of contested committals The criminal justice system is in the midst of another major review. The focus is on the contested committal system, an important part of any criminal trial. The Victorian government has tasked the Victorian...