The Victorian Bar welcomes the Victorian Government's $257.4 million funding boost to the justice system, announced in today's State budget.
"Our courts and judiciary have been under increasing and unsustainable pressure. More magistrates, judges and prosecutors will allow cases to be heard more quickly", said Dr Matt Collins QC, President of the Victorian Bar.
"The Victorian Bar also welcomes the announcement of $37.3 million in increased funding for Legal Aid. More police and prosecutors, and changes to bail and sentencing laws, make legal aid more important than ever. Our justice system works most efficiently when accused persons have access to high quality legal advice and representation," he said.