Badge_-_Victoria_PoliceNews from our friends in Australia this week: Victoria Police has adopted Thomson Reuters’ Westlaw AU and ProView services – delivered via tablet and desktop computer – to help its prosecuting officers better conduct legal research and determine strategies for effective presentation of cases.

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.

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.”

Victoria Police employs more than 15,000 people including police members, public servants, protective services officers, forensic scientists and other specialists. Working from more than 500 locations across Australia, the force delivers its service through 54 Police Service Areas (PSAs), split across 21 divisions within four regions.

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