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    The Report of the Royal Commission into Family Violence released

    The Report of the Royal Commission into Family Violence is now available to the public after being tabled in Parliament earlier today. The report can be viewed online via the RCFV website
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    VGSO celebrates Equitable Briefing

    On Monday evening, the VGSO launched their internal Equitable Briefing Policy and played host to more than 55 women barristers and bar readers keen to work with government and access high quality briefs. IMG_4898.jpg VGSO are signatories to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) and the Victorian Bar’s Commercial Bar Association (CommBar) joint initiative on Equitable Briefing and the event was a practical step in enabling VGSO solicitors to broaden their briefing pool and network with new faces at the Bar.  Special guests for the evening included Melinda Richards SC, Crown Counsel who moderated a panel of Fiona McLeod SC, Rachel Ellyard, Janine Hebiton and Monika Pekevska. The evening was opened by Catherine Roberts, one of the author's of VGSO's internal policy, who highlighted the key points and aims of the Equitable Briefing Policy. The policy commits VGSO to a number of actions including 50% targets in briefing women barristers, identifying new women commercial barristers, and collecting relevant data and reporting this data to VEOHRC.   Catherine was followed by a panel discussion of the solicitor/barrister relationship, how to promote positive working relationships and reflections on the effects of equitable briefing policies, including how the policies can transform the legal profession.    We would like to thank the panel for their engaging discussion and to the attendees for helping create a successful evening and look forward to similar events in the future.    
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    VGSO commits to equitable briefing of women barristers

    On Wednesday 11 November, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) launched a joint initiative alongside the Victorian Bar’s Commercial Bar Association (CommBar) and members of the Judiciary to target inequitable representation of Victorian women barristers in commercial litigation. 
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    VGSO blog post: Making sense of 'nuisance': Fertility Control Clinic v Melbourne City Council

    The picketing of abortion clinics has been a hot button issue for many years in the US. Those protests are often portrayed as a 'clash' of rights between religious freedom and peaceful assembly on one hand, and a woman's right to privacy and control of her body on the other.
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    Charter review handed down today!

    The 2015 Review of the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities was handed down today.  The Charter Review 2015 is titled 'From Commitment to Culture' and looks at ways to make the Charter more accessible, effective, and practical.  
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    Client newsletter - Duty of Care UK Decisions

    Two recent judgments in the United Kingdom have declined to impose a duty of care on police officers to protect individuals from harm by third parties.
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    Victorian Government lawyer, Alison O'Brien named in Eighth Edition of The Best Lawyers in Australia

    Alison O'Brien, Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor, has been named in the Eighth Edition of The Best Lawyers in Australia in the Government Practice and Public Law categories.  The publication released its results last week and largely focuses on private sector lawyers and members of the Bar. Alison O'Brien is the only government lawyer recognised in the current Australian edition, and the first lawyer from the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office to make the list. The listing is compiled via nomination by peers from across the private sector and Bar community.
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    New Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor

    Peter Stewart, Victorian Government Solicitor, is pleased to welcome Jacqueline Parker as Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor for Workplace Relations and Occupational Safety.
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    Katie Miller announced as the 2015 LIV President

    The Victorian Government Solicitor's Office is proud to see government lawyer Katie Miller take up the position of Law Institute Victoria President in 2015.   
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    Privacy & Data Protection Bill passed on 19 August 2014

    The Privacy and Data Protection Bill 2014 was passed on Tuesday 19 August.  Read more about the coming changes on our blog.