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Liberal-Nationals commit to bringing respect to Victoria’s justice system

The Liberal-Nationals have committed to restoring respect in Victoria’s justice system.

The Nationals Member or Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, has said a Liberal-Nationals Government would make it an offence to deliberately disrespect the conventions of Victoria’s courtrooms and give judges the power to apply penalties if the people present in a courtroom refuse to stand for a judge or respect the authority of the court.

“More and more I have people coming to me with concerns that our justice system is failing Victorians and needs to be tougher,” Mr O’Brien said.

“If people don’t have respect for our courts, why would they have respect for our justice system?”

Under its commitment, a Liberal-Nationals Government will amend several pieces of legislation to introduce a new offence of disrespect in court that would apply in all Victorian courts, noting that the Children's Court adopts a less formal procedure tailored to the needs of children and young people. The proposal will not initially extend to VCAT.

This new offence will carry a maximum penalty of 14 days imprisonment or 10 penalty units, or both.

“Daniel Andrews has no solution to make our state safe again and the Liberal-Nationals will not stand by and become spectators as our state becomes less safe,” Mr O’Brien said.

“It’s not good enough when country people don’t feel safe in their own homes.”

These changes will not apply to lawyers and police prosecutors who are already regulated by professional rules or the Victoria Police Act 2013.

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