About 90 per cent of serious criminal matters prosecuted by the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) in 2014/15 resulted in a guilty outcome according to the OPP’s annual report tabled in State Parliament today.
One of Victoria's most experienced criminal barristers, Senior Crown Prosecutor Ray Elston QC, retired today after 20 years in Crown Prosecutors' Chambers.
The Director of Public Prosecutions has lodged an appeal against the sentence imposed on Michael Anthony O'Neill for murder and arson.
The Director of Public Prosecutions will consider any potential impact on criminal prosecutions resulting from matters raised in the IBAC report into Victoria Police human source management once he has received the report.
Director of Public Prosecutions John Champion S.C. has appointed Vaille Anscombe as Acting Solicitor for Public Prosecutions, effective from today, while the search is underway to permanently fill the position.
The Director of Public Prosecutions John Champion S.C. has lodged appeals against the sentences imposed against two companies which were convicted and fined over the death of a workman at a Southbank building site in May 2011.
Director of Public Prosecutions John Champion S.C. welcomed an historic decision by a full bench of the Court of Appeal today to issue a guideline judgment on community correction orders.
The Court of Appeal has allowed a Director's appeal in the matter of Andrew Meyers who pleaded guilty to damaging property, aggravated burglary, false imprisonment, intentionally causing injury and possessing an unregistered firearm.
The Director of Public Prosecutions filed an appeal against Tyrone Steven Russell’s initial sentence of 15 months imprisonment with a non-parole period of eight months.
The search for a new Solicitor for Public Prosecutions in Victoria is underway. Director of Public Prosecutions John Champion S.C. has enlisted consultants Cordiner King to assist with filling the role.
Victorian Solicitor for Public Prosecutions Craig Hyland has been appointed Solicitor for Public Prosecutions in New South Wales from February 2 next year, it was announced today.
The Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) achieved guilty outcomes in 88.5 per cent of the serious crimes it prosecuted in 2013/14, according to its Annual Report tabled in State Parliament today.
The OPP is pleased to help advance knowledge and discussion about the criminal law through principal sponsorship of the 14th International Criminal Law Congress in Melbourne next month, Solicitor for Public Prosecutions Craig Hyland said today.
The Court of Appeal has allowed a conviction appeal by David Rapson in relation to five charges of rape and eight counts of indecent assault against eight boys at Salesian College between the mid-1970s and 1990.
A Churchill Fellowship aimed at improving the experience of victims and witnesses in the criminal justice system has been welcomed by the Solicitor for Public Prosecutions Craig Hyland.
An $11.2 million funding boost to the Office of Public Prosecutions in today’s State Budget will enable all Melbourne staff to be brought together in the one office, enhancing effective prosecutions of serious crime.
The OPP has published a Koori Inclusion Action Plan (KIAP), which aims to provide a more inclusive and accessible service to Koori people involved in criminal prosecutions.
The Director of Public Prosecutions John Champion S.C. has reappointed Craig Hyland as the Solicitor for Public Prosecutions for a further five years.
Crown Prosecutor Claire Quin was today appointed a judge of the County Court of Victoria.
The High Court of Australia yesterday delivered an important judgment which impacts on the role of prosecutors in the sentencing of accused in the County and Supreme Courts of Victoria.
Barrister Justin Lewis was today appointed as the first Crown Prosecutor to be permanently based in Geelong.
A booklet explaining to victims access to financial assistance, compensation and restitution has been developed by the Office of Public Prosecutions.
The Director of Public Prosecutions John Champion S.C. today withdrew all outstanding criminal charges against Mr Geoff Shaw in the Magistrates’ Court.
The Director of Public Prosecutions John Champion S.C. has welcomed the Court of Appeal taking the opportunity to remind security officers that they risk being punished if they abuse their power.
The Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) achieved guilty pleas or convictions in 88 per cent of prosecutions for serious crime in 2012/13, according to the OPP Annual Report tabled in State Parliament today.
Applications are open for law graduates wanting to undertake a legal traineeship with the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) in 2014.
Applications close on Sunday 18 August.
A guide that helps hundreds of victims and witnesses of crime each year to better understand the justice system has been revised and updated by the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP).
An order obtained by the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) forfeiting proceeds of crime located in the United States has been enforced for the first time and resulted in more than $11 million being recouped.
Former Senior Crown Prosecutor Chris Ryan S.C. was welcomed as a Judge of the County Court in an official ceremony yesterday.
The appointment of former Office of Public Prosecutions solicitor Rose Falla to the Victorian Magistracy has been welcomed by the Director of Public Prosecutions John Champion S.C.
The Interactive Legal Education Program (ilep) developed by the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) has produced strong results in improving practitioners handling of sex offence matters, according to an independent evaluation.
Family violence was involved in 378 serious criminal matters received by the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) in the past year, according to statistics gathered as part of a new family violence policy.
A guide explaining criminal prosecutions involving mental impairment will give victims a voice and help them participate in the prosecution process, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) John Champion S.C. said today.
The Office of Public Prosecution’s (OPP) Legal Prosecution Specialist Advocacy Helen Fatouros has been appointed Director of Criminal Law at Victoria Legal Aid (VLA).
Office of Public Prosecutions’ (OPP) solicitor Helen Fatouros has been named Government Lawyer of the Year in the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) President’s Awards.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) John Champion S.C. today welcomed the appointment of two barristers to Crown Prosecutors’ Chambers
Guilty outcomes were obtained in 88 per cent of serious crimes prosecuted in Victoria in 2011/12, according to the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) Annual Report tabled in State Parliament today.
Office of Public Prosecutions’ solicitor Helen Fatouros is a finalist in the 2012 Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) President’s Awards for Government Lawyer of the Year.
A new website by the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) aims to improve the community’s understanding of criminal prosecutions in Victoria.
Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) solicitor Bruce Gardner’s expertise and commitment to criminal law reform has been recognised with a Public Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday 2012 Honours List.
Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) lawyer Mr Bruce Gardner will bring 30 years of practical and theoretical knowledge about criminal prosecutions to his position as a member of the Victoria Law Reform Commission (VLRC).
The Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) has publicly released its internal competency standards that have guided the professional development of its in-house advocates for the past two years.
Victoria’s prosecution and defence lawyers are expected to improve the way they handle sexual offence matters by undertaking a free, innovative education program launched by the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) today.
Hundreds of Victorians who lose a family member through crime each year will be better prepared for the criminal justice system following the development of a guide by the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP).
An analysis by the Supreme Court of Victoria on the impact of reforms on criminal appeals provides welcome news.
The Director of Public Prosecutions John Champion S.C. has issued a guideline to Victoria Police members requiring notification of affidavits that have not been validly sworn or affirmed.
The Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) today announced the appointment of six law students to its 2012/13 legal traineeship program.
Victorian Crown Prosecutors Tom Gyorffy and Peter Kidd were among 15 senior lawyers appointed as Senior Counsel yesterday.
Today's Court of Appeal decision to dismiss an appeal by the DPP against a recent decision of a judge of the County Court of Victoria, has effectively cleared the air on the matter of whether evidence obtained through improperly sworn affidavits should be excluded from evidence.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) John Champion SC has introduced measures to identify and respond to victims of family violence involved in serious criminal matters.
Guilty outcomes were achieved in 88 per cent of serious crimes prosecuted by the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) in 2010/11 – equalling the highest level in 15 years, according to the OPP's Annual Report tabled in the Victorian Parliament last night.
Legislation to be introduced into State Parliament will refine the role and relationships between the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP) and Solicitor for Public Prosecutions (SPP).
The recent international Proceeds of Crime Conference meeting in Melbourne highlighted the critical importance of proceeds of crime confiscations being ‘mainstreamed’ into the work of criminal prosecutions, according to the new Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), John Champion SC.
The Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) will establish a new senior role of Legal Prosecution Specialist (LPS) Sentencing to develop expertise and leadership in this increasingly complex legal area.
The new Director of Public Prosecutions, John Champion SC, said he is honoured to serve in the role.
Litigators who specialise in confiscating the proceeds of organised crime will converge on Melbourne in October as part of an international conference organised by the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP).
Attorney-General Robert Clark today announced the appointment of John Champion SC as Acting Director of Public Prosecutions.