Former judge to head new law reform body

Philip Cummins.A HIGH-profile former judge has been appointed to Victoria’s key law reform body.
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In a further incremental reshaping of the state’s legal system, Attorney-General Robert Clark yesterday appointed former Supreme Court judge Philip Cummins as the new chairman of the Victorian Law Reform Commission.

Mr Cummins, who recently completed a major inquiry into the child protection system in Victoria, will be joined on the commission by former Supreme Court judge Frank Vincent.

Mr Clark also appointed top lawyer Ian Hardingham to the commission to undertake a review of Victoria’s succession laws relating to wills and inheritance.

Mr Clark said the appointments would bring a wealth of experience to the commission.

”Mr Cummins’ wide judicial experience and strong leadership qualities will help ensure the [commission] continues to provide valuable reports and recommendations on law reform matters to the government and the community,” he said.

”The appointment of Mr Vincent, who served 16 years as a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria followed by a further eight years as a judge of appeal, will further add to the commission’s capacity to contribute to improving Victoria’s legal system.”

Mr Clark said Dr Hardingham had great expertise in the law relating to wills and estates, making him an ideal person to lead the review.

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