Victoria Police adopts best-in-class legal research technologies to improve prosecution outcomes

  • Police will adopt the research techniques used by Australia’s top law firms
  • Renowned barristers and academics will provide prosecutor training sessions

Victoria Police is set to transform the way its personnel carry out their duties and improve the State’s prosecution outcomes thanks to a major new partnership with leading information and solutions provider, Thomson Reuters.

SYDNEY 8 September 2014 Victoria Police has adopted a new leading-edge set of digital research tools – delivered via tablet and desktop computer – to help its prosecuting officers better conduct legal research and determine strategies for effective presentation of cases.

Thomson Reuters’ Westlaw AU and ProView services are already heavily relied on by the country’s top law firms and these tools will now be used by Victoria Police both in and out of court.

Noting the demands placed on prosecutors as a result of an increasingly complex case load, Thomson Reuters will provide a range of regular ‘Prosecutor Seminar Sessions’, highlighting new legal developments from expert Thomson Reuters authors and editors. The Hon Michael Kirby, Editor-In-Chief of The Laws of Australia will deliver the first of these presentations to Victoria Police prosecutors in early October. Seminars scheduled in 2014 also include sessions with Stephen Odgers SC, Dr Ian Freckelton QC and Kyle McDonald.

This new partnership with Thomson Reuters ensures that Victoria Police Prosecutors have the latest and most advanced legal research technologies in daily use, both in Court and in the field. Victoria Police Prosecutors are delighted to be using Westlaw and ProView – both from Thomson Reuters.

Catherine Roberts, Commercial Manager at Thomson Reuters, said: “We are well known for providing authoritative, trusted legal content from the industry’s most knowledgeable authors, delivered in innovative ways, and this partnership is testament to that. Our suite of online research tools is already the service-of-choice among some of Australia’s top lawyers and barristers, and it is forward-looking for Victoria Police to adopt these for their officers, as well as to tap into the vast knowledge base of our expert authors.”

About Thomson Reuters
Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, healthcare and science and media markets, powered by the world’s most trusted news organization. With headquarters in New York and major operations in London and Eagan, Minnesota, Thomson Reuters employs more than 55,000 people and operates in over 100 countries. Thomson Reuters’ shares are listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges (symbol: TRI). For more information, go to www.thomsonreuters.com.

About Victoria Police
Victoria Police employs more than 15,761 people including police members, public servants, protective services officers, forensic scientists and other specialists. Working from more than 500 locations across the state, the force delivers its service through 54 Police Service Areas (PSAs), split across 21 divisions within four regions – North West Metro, Southern Metro, Eastern and Western. www.police.vic.gov.au

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