According to news released today, Victorian Police will no longer name people charged with crimes who appear before bail justices.
The change will affect the information released to media after out-of-hours court sessions, and has been criticised by the state Opposition and Victims of Crime Commissioner Greg Davies.
But the Law Institute of Victoria has welcomed the change, after complaining about the policy in September.
Director of the media and corporate affairs department at Victoria Police, Merita Tabain, said police had sought legal advice after the complaint. In a letter to media outlets, Ms Tabain said Victoria Police would reverse its position on releasing the names of accused people.
“I am of the view that this change of practice will adequately balance the principle of open justice with any rights an accused person may have under the Open Courts Act 2013 such as seeking a suppression order,” she said.
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