New investment to improve access to justice

New investment to improve access to justice

Thursday, 13 May 2021

The state government has acknowledged the role the whole justice sector can play in improving the community’s access to justice as we emerge from COVID-19 restrictions and delays.

The government has announced $210 million in funding, including investment to expand online court services, successful case management programs and additional court staff and systems to help meet demand across Victoria’s courts and tribunals caused by the COVID-19 backlog.

This funding is complemented by an additional $55 million over four years to be shared between Victoria Legal Aid, Victoria Police, the Office of Public Prosecutions, Corrections Victoria and victim services to ensure our agencies can meet additional demand from the expanded court services.

‘We’re pleased to see the state government acknowledge that all elements of the justice system have a role to play in supporting the Courts as they progress the backlog as quickly as possible,’ said Victoria Legal Aid CEO, Louise Glanville.

‘Over the past year we’ve worked collaboratively with the Courts, police, prosecutors and corrections to respond rapidly to the changing conditions caused by COVID-19, and we look forward to continuing these partnerships.’

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