In Focus
Chris Boyce S.C. joins Crown Prosecutors' Chambers

After working as a defence barrister for 20 years, newly appointed Senior Crown Prosecutor Christopher Boyce S.C. is looking forward to giving back to the community and being able to focus on his passion for the law.

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John Champion - DPP

This week I will be in Sydney to give evidence before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The scope and purpose of the hearing is to inquire into the experiences of survivors of child sexual abuse in an institutional context in the criminal justice system.


  • Updating counsel on criminal law developments
  • Chris Boyce S.C. appointed Senior Crown Prosecutor


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John Cain - Solicitor for Public Prosecutions

The OPP is implementing a new Legal Practice structure on Monday, 21 March, to improve our capacity to meet the growing and changing demands of criminal prosecutions.

The new structure, which follows a comprehensive six-month internal review, will ensure we have a flexible, highly skilled workforce; increase opportunities for mentoring and collaboration between OPP staff; and improve oversight and quality assurance of prosecutions.

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Elizabeth Broderick tackles gender equality in the Director's Series

Reflecting on her eight years as Australia’s longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner as part of the Director’s Series, Elizabeth Broderick urged those working in criminal prosecutions to “step up” and take on a role in achieving gender equality.

“You don’t have to be extraordinary to have influence,” she said.

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Expanding Proceeds of Crime Expertise

OPP Principal Solicitor Sarah Riley has been awarded a Victoria Police Crime Command Commendation for developing and delivering training to assist frontline police with investigating criminal proceeds matters.

Ms Riley and five Victoria Police Criminal Proceeds Squad members worked together to develop an awareness package, which they delivered to more than 1,500 frontline investigators across Victoria.

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Joan van Staveren retires after 34 years

Former OPP Commercial Crime/Fraud Legal Prosecution Specialist Joan van Staveren recently called time on her 34-year career.

The former OPP Commercial Crime/Fraud Legal Prosecution Specialist, who recently called time on her 34-year career, described the OPP as an amazing place to work and said she was looking forward to seeing it continue to progress from afar.

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New Legal Trainees join OPP

The OPP welcomed legal trainees Beth Ritchie, Madeline Revell, Larissa Chan and Georgia Suhren in February. As part of their 12-month placement, they will gain experience in the OPP's trial divisions and appeals.

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Victims' facilities improved

Improved facilities for witnesses and victims involved in OPP prosecutions are part of a major $11.2 million refurbishment of the OPP’s 565 Lonsdale Street office building.

OPP Witness Assistance Service Manager Charlene Micallef said there was now a dedicated waiting room for victims and witnesses with kitchen facilities and a television.

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