Su Robertson and Daniel Bavcevic interview Tiffany Overall (Advocacy and Human Rights Officer, Youthlaw) and Lloyd Murphy (Lawyer, Inner Melbourne Community Legal) about the community impact of COVID-19 fines and the worrying trend of internal reviews not being fairly considered by Victoria Police.
"It is troubling because the bottom line is, as community lawyers, we're not going to be giving advice to our clients to go through that process if we don't think there's any merit to their review." - Tiffany Overall (Youthlaw)
In this episode we listen to reports of community legal service clients having internal reviews for COVID-19 infringements rejected. We hear about young people, people experiencing homelessness, suffering from mental illnesses or other vulnerable people who have had internal reviews rejected without detailed explanation of the reasons by Police.
There are limited options after an unsuccessful internal review, it may lead to an Enforcement Review by the Government authority Fines Victoria. However, beyond that there is the possibility that the infringement is then sent to the Magistrates' Court of Victoria for determination. Su and Daniel ask whether there is a better alternative to the expensive infringements being issued, especially for young people and people experiencing or at risk of homelessness and whether this might cause an inundation of infringement related cases in the Magistrates' Court.