Three New Judges Appointed to Fill Holes in WA Court System

WA lawyers Hylton Quail, Kate Glancy and Fiona Vernon have been appointed as judges of the state’s District Court. Two of the appointments will be covered by current budget allocations to fill holes in WA’s court system from the previous Liberal Party government. The third appointment will fill a vacancy left by the retirement of…

Laws to Remove Legal Action Time Limit For Child sex Abuse Victims

The McGowan government has introduced into parliament a Bill that will enable child sexual abuse victims to sue their attackers years after the crime has been committed. The bill enables child sexual abuse victims to sue for historical abuse by removing limitation periods for all child sexual abuse actions. “The removal of limitation periods for…

Opposition Critical of Government’s Sex Offender Laws as Government Votes Down Changes

The State Opposition has criticised the McGowan Government over its sex offender’s laws after it was revealed a dangerous sex offender from Geraldton is in Perth because Government officials could not guarantee his safety. Shadow Attorney General Michael Mischin said the State Government had “let the public down most grievously” ahead of debates over changes…

CCC Laws Target Unexplained Crime Wealth

New crime legislation will give the Corruption and Crime Commission new powers to target unexplained wealth from organised crime. The new laws are part of the State Government’s Corruption, Crime and Misconduct and Criminal Property Confiscation Amendment Bill 2017, aiming to fight corruption and organised crime in the State. “Before the election, WA Labor made…

State Government Launches Investigation Following PathWest DNA Mix-Up

Western Australia’s State Government is demanding answers after a DNA bungle by its state-run forensic laboratory resulted in an innocent man jailed for a serious crime while the real offender remained free. The government has referred the matter to the Corruption and Crime Commission while also calling for a Public Sector Commission audit of PathWest’s…

Kalgoorlie Court House Transformed

The multimillion dollar transformation of a contemporary new courthouse in Kalgoorlie from the preexisting government office building and post office has been completed. The $41.7 million project to develop the courthouse was part of the Liberal government’s investment in regional justice facilities. The courthouse, which now has some of the most advanced facilities in WA,…