Law reform

The Policy and Specialised Legal Division represents the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) in law reform. It consults the Department of Justice about legislative reforms affecting the OPP and actively seeks legislative reforms concerning issues that arise in prosecution matters.

Policy and Specialised Legal Division staff represent the OPP on numerous law reform related committees and makes submissions to law reform bodies and inquiries. 

committees and advisory groups

Some significant committees and groups in which the OPP participates:

  • Child Witness Service Advisory Board
    Purpose:  Discuss and review CWS practice and policy.
  • County Court Criminal Users Group
    Purpose:  Discuss and resolve issues relating to the County Court's criminal jurisdiction.
  • Criminal Justice Enhancement Program Steering Committee
    Purpose:  Oversee information management initiatives within the criminal justice system.
  • Criminal Justice System Steering Committee
    Purpose: Identify and address issues relating to the operation of the Victorian criminal justice system.
  • Family Violence Steering Committee
    Purpose:  Contribute to a coordinated response by the criminal justice system to family violence issues.
  • Hate Crime Review Working Group
    Purpose:  Review the effectiveness of the law's response to hate crime.
  • Jury Directions Advisory Group
    Purpose:  Implement the VLRC's recommendations on jury directions in criminal trials.
  • Magistrates' Court Criminal Court Users Group
    Purpose:  Discuss and resolve issues relating to the Magistrates' Court criminal jurisdiction.
  • Sexual Assault Steering Committee
    Purpose:  Oversee and coordinate reforms to the criminal justice system to address sexual assault.