Legal representation serves the interests of justice, victims and the community

Legal representation serves the interests of justice, victims and the community

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) regularly arranges representation for people accused of serious crimes, including people facing terrorism charges. Without such representation these cases could not and would not proceed.

There is High Court authority to this effect and the Victorian Parliament has enabled the court to order VLA to arrange representation to avoid situations where a case cannot proceed.

We arrange representation in the interests of justice, victims and the community. It is ethically and legally the right thing to do. In doing so, we ensure fair and robust decision-making processes that allow juries to return verdicts and judges to hand down appropriate sentences. This best serves the public interest and protects community safety.

People may query why certain cases and people get legal aid, but upholding the law is in everyone's interests. That includes trials proceeding and ensuring a fair process for all.

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