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  • Law Institute Victoria President speaks out on Police Misconduct
  • By Belinda Wilson
  • 09/04/2018 Make a Comment (2)
  • Contributed by: Sol ( 13 articles in 2018 )

Beaten, abused, humiliated and filmed and by Victoria Police

Law Institute of Victoria president Belinda Wilson said the police behaviour shown in recent CCTV footage was “distressing and disturbing”.

Ms Wilson called for greater transparency around how police are being held accountable for their misconduct.

“Victorians deserve a better police complaints management system than what we currently have. It is concerning that the majority of police complaints received by the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC) are currently referred back to the police to investigate.

“We need a complaints system that meets Australia's human rights obligations.

“The Victorian government needs to take a leadership position and establish a complaints system that is independent, transparent, and holds police accountable for their misconduct.

“We need to take action now to make it clear that any potential police misconduct is unacceptable. We need a complaints system that is victim-centred and ensures public confidence in our police force.

“We urge the Government to work collaboratively with the LIV to ensure that Victoria's policies on police accountability reflect a commitment to fairness, equality and the rule of law,” Ms Wilson said.


    By:Johnno from Nsw, Australia on April 12, 2018 @ 5:57 am
    Who really gets ACCESS to the legal system to get a FAIR GO anyway?

    How many can really afford lawyers fees at $400 plus per hour and other steep charges according to some fee schedule set by their law/legal society for often overpriced, negligent and incompetent services, for shuffling paper around, giving poor advice and complexing cases?

    At the end of the day one pays for a service that is often 'not fit for purpose'.

    To assist the uninitiated, many lawyers and firms real job is in the art of BILLING. Yes, how much paperwork and labour can be accounted for to justify them racking up a massive bill, with possibly, trimming a bit of the top to defeat any dispute or having the bill taxed and come under scrutiny, and of course just to show you how much of a nice guy they are, so hopefully you will come back and tell your friends.

    And of course, where is the refund or any simple, fair and reasonable recourse? Many often refer to these improper practices, legal fees and poor quality services as a rort, a racket and extortion. With clearly, the word service to the client often being a misnomer.

    Then if you can't afford to pay for one, how many can easily get one on the cheap? ie. pro bono. Especially when wrongs and injustice are occurring. Pretty much nudda, unless some criminal or petty matter. Not convinced, try it.

    Huge swags of people are often DENIED access and competent counsel to the legal system, effecting our most vulnerable and those with a disability the most. Thus achieving fairness, equality and the rule of law from being able to assert and protect one's rights according to law is often an uphill struggle.

    Belinda, unless we begin with change in our legal ACCESS policy, people will keep copping not only police abuse, but shoddy lawyer and legal system abuse. Or better still, let's conduct a people's Royal Commission into the legal system to get a transparent picture of who, and who is not, being served what is FAIR and JUST !!!
    By:Sol from sa, Aust on April 10, 2018 @ 6:00 am
    first smart move Belinda would be to rename force back to "service". This would remind everybody; lawyers, police and State based agencies that they serve the people, not the other way round.

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