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20 March 2021: How to improve the system for victims of sexual assault. A discussion on Radio National with the Hon. Tony North, Chair of the VLRC; Kerry Carrington, Professor of Law in the School of Justice at Queensland University of Technology; and Andrea Durbach, Emeritus Professor of Law at UNSW and former Director of the Australian Human Rights Centre.

23 February 2021: The Commission published an issues paper 'Sexual Offences: 'Grab and Drag'.

23 December 2020: The Commission published an issues paper, a community survey and a call for submissions in a range of accessible formats for its inquiry, Inclusive Juries: Access for People Who Are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Blind or Have Low Vision.

23 December 2020: Submissions closed for the inquiry Improving the Response of the Justice System to Sexual Offences.

9 December 2020: The Attorney-General announced that she has asked the VLRC to review Victoria's responses to stalking, harassment and similar conduct, including the framework for, operation and enforcement of the Personal Safety Intervention Order (PSIO) system.

24 November 2020: Kathleen Foley and Dr Vivian Waller commenced their terms as Commissioners. 

5 October 2020: The Commission published eight issues papers and a call for submissions for the inquiry Improving the Response of the Justice System to Sexual Offences.

16 September 2020: The Commission's Committals report was tabled in Parliament.

4 August 2020: The Commission's Contempt of Court report was tabled in Parliament.

19 June 2020: The Hon. Jennifer Coate AO was appointed to the Victorian Law Reform Commission.

1 April 2020: The Attorney-General referred to the Commission the inquiry Improving the Response of the Justice System to Sexual Offences.

31 March 2020: The Commission delivered its report on Committals to the Attorney-General.

12 March 2020: The Commission commenced a community law reform inquiry, Inclusive Juries: Access for People Who Are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Blind or Have Low Vision

28 February 2020: The Commission delivered its report on Contempt of Court to the Attorney-General.

27 November 2019: The Attorney-General tabled the Neighbourhood Tree Disputes Report in Parliament. Media Release

30 July 2019: The state government announced that the new Chair of the Commission will be the Hon. Anthony North. Media release

24 June 2019: The Commission published its issues paper on committals.

10 June 2019: Commissioner Alison O'Brien was awarded a Public Service Medal (PSM) in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

15 May 2019: The Commission published its Contempt of Court: Consultation Paper.

5 March 2019: Bruce Gardner PSM has been appointed acting Chair of the Victorian Law Reform Commission.

25 February 2019: The Commissioners and staff of the Victorian Law Reform Commission wish to express our sadness at the death of the Hon. Philip Cummins AM

19 December 2018: The VLRC's annual report 2017-18 was tabled in Parliament.

26 October 2018: The Victorian Law Reform Commission has been asked to report on Victoria's committal system. 

12 October 2018: The Victorian Law Reform Commission has been asked to review and report on the law relating to contempt of court.

Selected media coverage

30 March 2021: 'Did you resist?' Despite reforms, alleged rape victims still face torment in Australian courts, The Guardian. An interview with the Hon. Tony North, Chair of the VLRC, on the Commission's review of the justice system's repsonse to sex offences.

17 January 2021: 'Law reform needed to allow deaf and blind people on juries', The Age. Brent Phillips, who is deaf, faced an extra hurdle when he was called for jury service.

11 December 2020: 'Bid to ease courtroom trauma for child sex abuse victims', The Australian

9 December 2020: 'A day for change: Celeste's family applauds review of stalking laws' The Age

3 December 2020: 'How can we provide justice for sexual assault victims beyond criminal trials?' by Professor Bernadette McSherry and Nesam McMillan. The Conversation/ABC Online.

16 September 2020: 'Victorian Law Reform Commission calls for committal hearings to be scrapped'. The Herald Sun

4 August 2020: 'Call for clarity on contempt in wake of George Pell report charges' The Australian. With comments from Chair of the VLRC, the Hon. Anthony North.

19 June 2020: 'Big change to Victorian class actions passed amid political warfare' The Age.

21 January 2020: The VLRC's Briana Proud appeared on The Law Report on Radio National, explaining the inquiry into the committals process. Listen to The Law Report episode on Committals

November 2019: A joint investigation by The Age/The Sydney Morning Herald into sexual violence, 'The Invisible Crime', included references to VLRC reports and an interview with the acting Chair, Bruce Gardner.

28 May 2019: The VLRC's Anna Beesley was interviewed by Damien Carrick of the ABC's The Law Report for an episode on contempt of court. Listen to The Law Report episode on contempt of court.

20 January 2019: 'Committal hearings may be abolished to reduce victims' trauma', The Sunday Age

16 December 2018: 'Contempt of court laws set for state government shake up' The Age

24 June 2018: 'Neighbourhood tree dispute laws to be reviewed by Victorian Law Reform Commission'  Sunday Herald Sun

20 February 2018: 'Poisonings, uprootings and court stoushes: the toxic world of neighbourhood tree disputes', The Law Report, Radio National

8 December 2017: 'Advanced care planning: Dying to tell', JOY 94.9 FM Radio

25 October 2017: 'Who is really winning as class actions reach a crescendo?'  The Australian

22 September 2017: 'Radical overhaul needed to stop rush to class actions', Australian Financial Review

20 September 2017: 'Cash for scrap metal banned as new laws come in'. Herald Sun. 

20 July 2017: 'Law firms compete for class actions as Victoria reviews outdated regime', Financial Review

7 June 2017: 'Single people could adopt under planned shake-up to reflect the modern family', The Age

24 March 2017: 'Litigation inquiry could set the standard'. The VLRC's inquiry into litigation funding has the potential to set a national benchmark. The Australian.

15 January 2017: 'Contested wills: why legal disputes don't stop after death', a discussion of the Commission's funeral and burial instructions report and issues around wills and succession. Fairfax. 

9 December 2016: 'Law reform report urges greater rights for victims', ABC

27 August 2016: The Age: 'State government begins righting a ridiculous wrong', an opinion piece by Farrah Tomazin discusses recent changes to the adoption laws, and Commission's current review of the Adoption Act.

21 May 2016: (The Age) 'Elisabeth Membrey's family calls for criminal justice reform' discusses the role of victims and their families in the criminal justice system, with reference to the Commission's current inquiry.

15 April 2016: 'Teenager wrongly branded a dangerous sex offender'. John Silvester of The Age quoted the Commission's report on sex offenders registration in an article about a young Victorian placed on the sex offenders register.

12 April 2016: ABC News: Victoria has become the first state in Australia to legalise medicinal cannabis, passing legislation that implements recommendations of the VLRC's medicinal cannabis report. 

2 February 2016: The Law Report on Radio National devoted a program to the Commission's inquiry into funeral and burial instructions. Listen to the program

11 October 2015: The Age reported on VLRC's inquiry into funeral and burial instructions.

6 October 2015: ABC News: 'Medicinal marijuana to be legalised in Victoria in Australian first

 

 

 

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