Do Victorian committals deliver fair and fast justice?

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Unlike other states, it’s common for victims of crime to give evidence at a Victorian committal hearing. The state’s Law Reform Commission is currently considering how well this system works. While victim advocates want big changes, defence lawyers say committals are an important filter.

Youth justice, Maori style

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Sit in on a Rangatahi, one of the Maori Youth Courts of New Zealand. Find out how they compare to Indigenous courts in Australia.

Who is responsible when external cladding fails in an apartment tower during a fire?

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In early 2019, in a judgment that ran to 647 paragraphs, County Court Judge Woodward, sitting as a Vice President at VCAT, had to deal with a claim following a fire at a residential tower in Melbourne that occurred due to faulty cladding (see: Owners Corporation No.1 of PS613436T v LU Simon Builders

Fire knows no boundaries and property becomes meaningless

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Image: James Wiltshire The Border Mail

The devastating bushfires across Australia in the summer of 2019/20 provide us with a clear message. Australians – people, businesses, and those who govern us – can no longer take our environment for granted. We have been willfully ignoring the signs so far but that