Lawyers Back Courts Complaints Method

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Tuesday, October 26 2010


Victoria’s courts and their methods for handling complaints about their judges have the

full support of the state’s lawyers.

The Law Institute of Victoria and the Victorian Bar stand behind the state’s courts,

which were criticized over their system for complaints about their judges in today’s

media which drew on dated material.

“We have confidence in the courts and we do not believe there are problems with the

judiciary that are not being dealt with,” says LIV President Steven Stevens.

However, the LIV and the Victorian Bar support the anticipated Judicial Commission

which will overhaul the way judicial complaints are handled. With a 10-member board,

made up of court heads and community members, it will investigate and hear

complaints and concerns about judicial officers.

“The courts, the Victorian Bar, the LIV and the government have been working on a

new model for independently dealing with complaints about the judiciary for some time.

The Judicial Commission Bill put before Parliament has stalled and we urge the new

State Government to pass the Bill in the next session,” says Mr Stevens.

Vice-Chairman of the Victorian Bar, Mark Moshinsky, S.C.agrees: “The Victorian Bar

supports the proposed Judicial Commission and looks forward to it being finalized

through the legislative process.

“The Victorian judiciary has actively promoted the reform and it has been developed in

full consultation with the profession, including the Bar. The result is a process which

deals with complaints with the seriousness and fairness they deserve and meets 

community expectations about how complaints against judicial officers should be dealt

with,” Mr Moshinsky says.

“We believe the proposed new complaints body, which was initiated by the judiciary

itself and has been publicly supported by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court,

Marilyn Warren, will be effective in dealing with any future issues that arise,” says Mr


Media Inquiries: Kerry O’Shea, LIV Public Affairs 03 9607 9373 / 0401 107 103

                           Alicia Patterson, Victorian Bar Media 03 9903 6488 / 0403 172 024

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