Special guest in this edition of Writs and Cures is the Chief Judge of Victoria’s County Court, His Honour Judge Peter Kidd. He was junior counsel in the Bega murders case and the Silk-Miller case, and senior counsel in the Tony Mokbel prosecutions. He was made a Senior Crown Prosecutor in 2011. Before that he worked as an International Prosecutor at the War Crimes trials of the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina at Sarajevo – which investigated and tried war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed during the Bosnian conflict in the 1990s. He was the youngest Chief Judge ever appointed to the County Court at age 49.
And in this week’s Soapbox segment in the first half hour, the team consider the impending legislation planned for the Victorian parliament in the next month or so to legalise voluntary assisted dying. Are the safeguards adequate? Will it improve end of life care? How will it impact on palliative care services? Bill & Steve spent the weekend reading hundreds of pages of government reports and think they have a few answers.
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