In Focus
Farewell to veteran prosecutor Michael Jones

The OPP  has paid tribute to one of its longest-serving prosecutors, Michael Jones, who has retired after 38 years of service to the Victorian criminal justice system.

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International Criminal Law Congress

The Office of Public Prosecutions was the principal sponsor of  the 14th International Criminal Law Congress, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in October.

The Congress provided valuable opportunities for learning and the exchange of knowledge, and featured respected members of the legal profession nationally and from New Zealand.

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John Champion - Director of Public Prosecutions

As has been previously announced, Solicitor for Public Prosecutions Craig Hyland has been appointed to the position of NSW Solicitor for Public Prosecutions.

I am fully supportive of Craig's decision to return to his home state in such an important position with the NSW Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, and I wish him well in the new role. As I said in a media release on his departure, his appointment is a mark of the respect and regard with which he is held in the criminal justice system.

The search to find a replacement began straight way, and advertisements for the role have been placed in The Age and The Australian Financial Review.

Also:

  • Crown Prosecutor Brendan Kissane appointed Senior Counsel.

 

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Craig Hyland - Solicitor for Public Prosecutions

Thank you to everyone who has contacted me following my appointment as Solicitor for Public Prosecutions in New South Wales, which I begin on 2 February next year.

The kind words and well wishes I have received from both sides of the border is much appreciated.

After nearly six years as Solicitor for Public Prosecutions in Victoria, I am proud of what we have achieved during that period, and it is pleasing to be leaving the OPP in a strong position.

Also:

  • Strong outcomes in the OPP Annual Report
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Legal Practice Managers

Experienced lawyers, Michael Hoyle and Vaille Anscombe, are sharing the role of Legal Practice Manager at the OPP.

Michael, who has been OPP Corporate Services Manager for five years, was previously a Principal Solicitor in the (then) Corruption Prosecution Unit, General Prosecutions and Proceeds of Crime. Before that he worked in commercial law as a partner of Phillips Fox Lawyers (now DLA Piper).

Vaille Anscombe has been at the OPP for a number of years, and has moved into her current role from Manager of the OPP's Complex Crime directorate - a position she has held for six years, having previously worked in various sections of the OPP.

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Witness Assistance Service benefits counsel: Survey

The involvement of the OPP’s Witness Assistance Service in criminal prosecutions assists the majority of counsel to perform their role more effectively, according to a recent survey.

The survey completed by 173 OPP solicitors, Crown Prosecutors and external barristers found 94 per cent of respondents agreed that WAS enhanced the wellbeing and/or reduced the anxiety of witnesses giving evidence.

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Expanding the pool of prosecution counsel

The Office of Public Prosecutions is seeking to broaden the pool of counsel available to prosecute indictable crime In Victoria.

Expressions of interest are therefore being sought from barristers who believe they have the necessary background and experience to undertake prosecution work, particularly in County and Supreme Court trials.

Advertisements will be placed in the Victorian Bar’s In Brief before the end of the year calling for interest to be expressed by barristers who presently do not appear in criminal matters on the DPP's behalf and who may wish to be considered for such briefs

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