New advice and referral service for clients affected by management of police informants

New advice and referral service for clients affected by management of police informants

Monday, 24 May 2021

We have launched a new service to provide legal advice and referrals for people who may have grounds for appeal following the findings of the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants (RCMPI).

The Royal Commission identified 124 people whose legal matters were directly impacted by the actions of Nicola Gobbo and Victoria Police. Hundreds of others may have been indirectly affected by Ms Gobbo’s actions as a police informer.

To ensure client access to legal services to assist in the timely and fair resolution of these matters we have received State Government funding to establish the appellate advice, assessment and referral service.

The service will triage requests and conduct discovery to assess whether people have grounds to launch an appeal or to seek other remedies, including compensation.

If we assess that someone’s case has merit, Victoria Legal Aid will then assess whether they are financially eligible for a grant of legal assistance and otherwise satisfy our guidelines for legal aid.

Ongoing representation for legally aided clients is available through the service. We anticipate that clients will also be referred to private profession or community legal services for ongoing assistance.

Information for barristers and practitioners

If you have been contacted by former or current clients who believe they may have been impacted and who have questions about their prospects for appeal or compensation arising from the Royal Commission, or their eligibility for legal assistance in relation to appeal proceedings, please refer them to Victoria Legal Aid’s RCMPI advice and referral service.

Clients with prospects for appeal can be referred back to you for advice and ongoing representation.

More information

Read more about the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants.

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