Recently appointed patrons for BoH Innocence Initiative at RMIT

Very pleased to announce the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG and Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs were recently appointed as joint patrons of the Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative at RMIT.


The BoH Innocence Initiative at RMIT is a collaboration between academics, university students and lawyers who investigate claims of wrongful conviction, work to achieve the exoneration and release of ‘convicted innocents’, conduct research and campaign for the reform of issues that may lead to such miscarriages of justice. The Initiative provides assistance on a pro bono basis to applicants who claim they are factually innocent of a criminal offence for which they were convicted.

In addition to enjoying the support of The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG and Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs, the initiative is supported by an Executive Reference Group of leading Victorian criminal justice professionals:

  • Christopher Dale (Chair)
    Consultant, O’Donnell Salzano Lawyers;
    Former President, Law Institute of Victoria;
    Chair, The Bridge of Hope Foundation Inc
  • The Hon Frank Vincent AO QC
    Former Justice, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Victoria
  • Robert Richter QC
    Criminal Defence Barrister
  • Dr Bryan Found
    Chief Forensic Scientist, Victoria Police Forensic Services
  • Dr Robert (Bob) Moles
    Chief Researcher, Networked Knowledge
  • Robert Stary
    Principal, Stary Norton Halphen Criminal Law Specialists
  • Andrew Jackomos
    Commissioner, Aboriginal Children and Young People
  • Professor David Hayward
    Dean, School of Global Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University
  • Liana Buchanan
    Principal Commissioner, Commission for Children and Young People
    Former Executive Officer, Federation of Community Legal Centres Victoria
  • Denis Fitzgerald
    Chair, Inter-church Criminal Justice Taskforce
  • Bill Doogue
    Partner, Doogue O’Brien George Criminal Defence Lawyers
  • John Walsh
    CEO, The Bridge of Hope Foundation Inc
  • Vanessa Tipping
    Executive Director, The Bridge of Hope Foundation Inc

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