While not singling the minister out, Victorian legal association says the criticism of its system is ‘totally inappropriate and without foundation’

The Law Institute of Victoria has said it is “extremely concerned” about political attacks on the judiciary after the federal home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, blamed the state’s street crime on the appointment of “civil libertarians” to the courts.

Dutton, who has previously said Victorians were “afraid to go out to dinner” doubled down on comments he made on Thursday – when he stated there was a “problem with some of the judges and magistrates … and some of the bail decisions”– by accusing the judiciary of handing down “soft sentences” on Friday.

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