Criminal law

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Report

Review of the service system and implementation requirements for raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility in the Australian Capital Territory: final report

The ACT Legislative Assembly has committed to raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility. This report identifies opportunities for reform to achieve improved outcomes for children and their families. It also proposes an alternative response to meet the needs of children affected by the changing...
Report

Report of the Inquiry into the use of cannabis in Victoria

This report on the Inquiry into the use of cannabis in Victoria is the result of extensive research and community consultation by the Legislative Council Legal and Social Issues Committee. This inquiry examined how Victorian cannabis policy can be improved.
Discussion paper

Stalking: consultation paper

This consultation paper has been released to assist the VLRC to review and report on Victoria’s legal responses to stalking, harassment and similar conduct, including the statutory framework for and operation of the Personal Safety Intervention Order (PSIO) system.
Report

New York State’s Trump Investigation: an analysis of the reported facts and applicable law

This report analyses the potential charges both the Trump Organisation and Donald Trump himself may face. The report also goes in depth into the defenses that may be available in response to any indictment.
Report

Threat offences in Victoria: sentencing outcomes and reoffending

This report presents the first empirical analysis of 'threat offences' recorded and sentenced in Victoria, along with an analysis of the offending trajectories of sentenced threat offenders.
Report

Sentencing for child homicide offences: assessing public opinion using a focus group approach

Public opinion about sentencing is notoriously difficult to assess. Building on the existing literature on public attitudes to the criminal justice system, this study aims to explore community views on this issue using a focus group methodology.
Report

Crime, justice and social capital in the Torres Strait region

Torres Strait Islanders had a strong sense of themselves as composed of distinct peoples and cultures different from those of the mainland. This report examines the extent of crime occurring and how justice is practised in the Torres Strait Islands.
Strategy

Building back better: Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service COVID-19 recovery plan

This strategy document identifies key issues and makes targeted recommendations across criminal, civil and family law – with the objective of ensuring Aboriginal people are not left behind.
Briefing paper

The law on judicial bias: a primer

This background paper provides an introductory summary and overview of key aspects of the law on judicial bias, as it relates to the Australian federal judiciary.
Report

Report of the Inquiry into NSW Police Force strip search practices

The Inquiry into NSW Police Force strip search practices, set out in this report, represents a significant body of work - comprising a total of seven investigations, as well as an analysis of NSW Police Force policies and training, and oversight of police investigations of...