3 episodes

Discussion of current issues in law reform in Victoria, Australia

Old Law, New Law - a podcast by the VLRC vlrc

    • Government

Discussion of current issues in law reform in Victoria, Australia

    Community Law Reform

    Community Law Reform

    One of the Victorian Law Reform Commission's functions is to examine, report and make recommendations to the Attorney-General on any matter the Commission considers of general community concern. These Community Law Reform projects, which are separate from those initiated by the Attorney-General, deal with relatively minor issues which, nevertheless, deeply affect the lives of Victorians. They exemplify the Commission's commitment to community consultation and the idea that law reform best comes out of the day-to-day experience of ordinary people.   Discussing the importance of our Community Law Reform program is Community Law Reform Manager Natalie Lilford and Chair of the Commission, the Hon. Anthony North QC.   Presented by Gemma Walsh and Paul Galloway.

    • 26 min
    Committals

    Committals

    By the time those accused of serious crime have their day in court, they have already undergone a pretrial process. Committal proceedings can involve court appearances, pleas, presentation of evidence and witness testimony. What is the point of all this pre-amble? Does it speed up the course of justice or bog it down?In this episode of Old Law, New Law, we look at the committal process in Victoria and why it might be in need of reform. We discuss the key issues with Michael McKiterick, leader of the VLRC team looking into committals, and Senior Research and Policy Officer Briana Proud.Hosted by Nick Gadd and Gemma Walsh.

    • 19 min
    Contempt of Court

    Contempt of Court

    'Contempt of court' can include everything from blowing bubblegum in court to publishing suppressed information. But what actually is it, and does the law need to be reformed? Nick Gadd and Gemma Walsh speak with Anna Beesley and Helen Donovan, and Bruce Gardner, Chair of the VLRC. They discuss scandalising the court, contempt in the face of the court, juror contempt, publication contempt, disobedience contempt, and whether it can send you to jail. 

    • 23 min

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