A-G introduces new measures in response to Lawyer X royal commission

A-G introduces new measures in response to Lawyer X royal commission

09 May 2021 By Emma Ryan
Victorian Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes

Victorian Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes has confirmed new changes to the state’s justice system as part of its response to the final report of the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants (RCMPI).

In a statement to the media, the A-G said a special investigator, implementation monitor and significant investment in the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC) and the courts would be rolled out in response to the royal commission’s 54 recommendations to government. 

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Among the changes is a $87.9 million funding package as well as the introduction of newly created roles such as a special investigator.

A $87.9 million funding package will help support the implementation of these recommendations.

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“The Government has already delivered the 10 recommendations with a three-month implementation timeframe – including the appointment of Sir David Carruthers as the Implementation Monitor and the establishment of the cross-agency Implementation Taskforce,” Jaclyn Symes’ statement said.

“The Government has begun identifying suitable candidates for the role of Special Investigator and will make the appointment in the middle of 2021, prior to legislation to support the role being introduced in the second half of this year.”

Looking ahead, Ms Symes noted that the government will ensure the state has a robust and accountable system of police oversight – launching a systemic review to deliver legislative reform that places a stronger focus on the needs of complainants and victims of police misconduct”.

“We’ll work closely with Victoria Police, integrity agencies, community legal centres and community groups on the review so police oversight is strong and transparent, while meeting the needs of our diverse communities and backing the integrity of Victoria Police,” she said.

“Work is also underway to develop legislation to reform the disclosure and human source management frameworks, with disclosure reforms expected to be introduced later this year.”

A-G introduces new measures in response to Lawyer X royal commission
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