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1. All matters:
- relating to the roles of, or involving, the Attorney-General as first law officer of the State of Victoria;
- relating to the Royal Prerogative of Mercy;
- where there is no obvious contradictor;
- relating to the establishment of Royal Commissions and Boards of Inquiry;
- relating to the powers of Royal Commissions and Boards of Inquiry;
- relating to representation of judicial officers (except for personal injuries matters);
- arising under, or involving the interpretation of, the Victorian Constitution;
- relating to the powers and privileges of the arms of the Victorian government, including executive privilege;
- arising under, or involving the interpretation of, the Commonwealth Constitution;
- relating to the Governor;
- relating to the establishment and structuring of co-operative or uniform legislative schemes or referrals of legislative power to the Commonwealth;
- relating to intergovernmental agreements;
- relating to allegations by the State of contempt of court, except where the Director of Public Prosecutions is handling the matter;
- relating to native title or the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010;
- relating to the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006;
- where the unusual nature of the case or the best interests of the State require central legal management, (for example, when such management is required in relation to:
- resolution of disputes between Departments and/or agencies of the State;
- public interest immunity, in whatever context it arises;
- composition, jurisdiction and rules of quasi-judicial bodies;
- matters relating to policing requiring governmental confidentiality); and
- relating to judicial review, when more than one Department or Agency is involved, unless one of the exceptions set out in paragraph 2 applies.
- If there has been a specific contrary decision by the Attorney-General or the relevant Minister after consultation with the Attorney-General.
- In relation to sub-paragraphs (g) to (o), where those issues arise in a way which is incidental, self-evident or requires the application of well settled precedent.
Reviewed 29 July 2022