02 September 2016

Nanette Rogers S.C. appointed Senior Crown Prosecutor

The Director of Public Prosecutions John Champion S.C. has congratulated Nanette Rogers S.C. on her appointment as Senior Crown Prosecutor on September 1.

22 October 2015

Guilty outcomes remain high: OPP Annual Report

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.

27 March 2015

Senior Crown Prosecutor Ray Elston QC retires

One of Victoria's most experienced criminal barristers, Senior Crown Prosecutor Ray Elston QC, retired today after 20 years in Crown Prosecutors' Chambers.

27 February 2015

DPP appeals sentence

The Director of Public Prosecutions has lodged an appeal against the sentence imposed on Michael Anthony O'Neill for murder and arson.

11 February 2015

DPP Awaits IBAC Report

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.

02 February 2015

Acting Solicitor for Public Prosecutions appointed

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.

31 January 2015

DPP appeals sentence for workplace death

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.

22 December 2014

DPP welcomes guideline judgment

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.

05 December 2014

Director's appeal of Andrew Meyers allowed

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.

03 December 2014

Director's appeal of Tyrone Steven Russell allowed

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.

02 December 2014

Search for new Solicitor for Public Prosecutions

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.

14 November 2014

Solicitor for Public Prosecutions Announcement

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.

 

14 October 2014

Strong guilty outcomes for serious crime

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.

22 September 2014

Principal Sponsorship of 14th International Criminal Law Congress

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.

08 August 2014

Conviction appeal allowed

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.

07 July 2014

Churchill Fellowship success

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.
 

06 May 2014

Budget boost for OPP

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.

17 April 2014

OPP implements plan to better serve Koori people

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.

16 April 2014

Solicitor for Public Prosecutions reappointed

The Director of Public Prosecutions John Champion S.C. has reappointed Craig Hyland as the Solicitor for Public Prosecutions for a further five years.

25 February 2014

County Court Appointment: Claire Quin

Crown Prosecutor Claire Quin was today appointed a judge of the County Court of Victoria.

 

13 February 2014

High Court Clarifies Prosecution Role in Sentencing Hearings

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.

28 January 2014

Geelong Crown Prosecutor appointed

Barrister Justin Lewis was today appointed as the first Crown Prosecutor to be permanently based in Geelong.

10 December 2013

Financial assistance brochure for victims

A booklet explaining to victims access to financial assistance, compensation and restitution has been developed by the Office of Public Prosecutions.

03 December 2013

Charges withdrawn

The Director of Public Prosecutions John Champion S.C. today withdrew all outstanding criminal charges against Mr Geoff Shaw in the Magistrates’ Court.

 

18 November 2013

DPP v Fucile and Tran

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.

15 October 2013

Strong Prosecution Outcomes Maintained

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.

12 August 2013

Applications open for 2014 Legal Traineeships

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.

11 July 2013

Updated guide for victims

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).

19 April 2013

International Proceeds of Crime Effort

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.

19 April 2013

County Court Appointment

Former Senior Crown Prosecutor Chris Ryan S.C. was welcomed as a Judge of the County Court in an official ceremony yesterday.

01 February 2013

Solicitor Appointed Magistrate

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.

12 December 2012

ilep a Success: Independent Evaluation

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.

29 November 2012

Family violence statistics revealed

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.

28 November 2012

Guide to assist victims in mental impairment prosecutions

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.

27 November 2012

Solicitor Appointed Senior VLA Role

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).

30 October 2012

OPP solicitor named Government Lawyer of the Year

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.

30 October 2012

Two Crown Prosecutors appointed

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) John Champion S.C. today welcomed the appointment of two barristers to Crown Prosecutors’ Chambers

10 October 2012

Strong prosecutions outcomes

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.
 

04 September 2012

OPP Solicitor shortlisted for Government Lawyer of the Year

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.

 

16 July 2012

New website

A new website by the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) aims to improve the community’s understanding of criminal prosecutions in Victoria.

14 June 2012

Queen's Honours for OPP solicitor

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.

24 April 2012

OPP policy expert appointed to VLRC

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).

23 April 2012

Advocates Standards released

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.

20 April 2012

Innovative training focuses on sexual offences

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.

04 April 2012

OPP helps guide victims families

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).

01 March 2012

Statement from the Director of Public Prosecutions John Champion S.C.

An analysis by the Supreme Court of Victoria on the impact of reforms on criminal appeals provides welcome news.

12 December 2011

DPP Issues Affidavits Guideline

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.

29 November 2011

Legal Trainees announced

The Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) today announced the appointment of six law students to its 2012/13 legal traineeship program.

23 November 2011

Crown Prosecutors appointed SC

Victorian Crown Prosecutors Tom Gyorffy and Peter Kidd were among 15 senior lawyers appointed as Senior Counsel yesterday.

11 November 2011

Court of Appeal clears the air on affidavits

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.

11 November 2011

DPP focuses on family violence victims

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.

27 October 2011

Guilty outcomes up: OPP

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.

25 October 2011

Business as usual for OPP

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).

17 October 2011

OPP casts light on Proceeds of Crime

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.

14 October 2011

OPP sentencing initiative

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.

22 September 2011

DPP honoured to serve

The new Director of Public Prosecutions, John Champion SC, said he is honoured to serve in the role.

12 September 2011

Proceeds of crime experts gather in Melbourne

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).

28 June 2011

Acting Director of Public Prosecutions appointed

Attorney-General Robert Clark today announced the appointment of John Champion SC as Acting Director of Public Prosecutions.