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More Funding To Speedup Court Cases And Sentencing

It is very likely that there are victims of crime in Melbourne as well as accused criminals that are being held in Victoria. A $285 million that has been allocated for the recruitment of more judges and prosecutors can ease pressure on the justice system because cases will be heard more quickly. This is only one of the good news; the second is the absence of new taxes in the budget.

In recent years, the courts and prisons in Victoria have been subjected to significant pressure because of the increasing number of people who are incarcerated and arrested. Magistrates are hearing more cases than ever before. Because the number of prisoners who are on remand has increased, greater pressure is placed on corrections.

The budget includes $128.9 million for building the court’s capacity including the recruitment of a new Supreme Court judge, two new County Court judges and 18 new magistrates. Most of the load in courts includes bails and sentencing that is why investments are necessary for the police and changes in the laws. The government is making an investment so that courts will be able to deal with the load.

Of the 18 magistrates, 3 will be working on new specialist bail and remand court. Aside from the regular court hours, an evening session will run from 4 in the afternoon up to 9 in the evening. This is a win-win situation for victims of crime because if more resources are provided to the prosecution, cases will move more quickly.

The criminal justice system is under extreme pressure because of recent police activities and justice initiatives. Police prosecutors have a stronger voice on behalf of the victims and the broader community.  It is critical for the voice to be heard without the unmanageable burden of excessive workloads and stress.

Financial assistance is provided by Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) to victims of crime in Melbourne for medical injuries, pain and sufferings and loss of earnings due to offense. The purpose of VOCAT is to assist victims during their recovery and provide assistance when they seek compensation through the criminal court where the offender will be sentenced.