Hearings

Hearings

Public hearings of the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants resume Tuesday 30 July 2019.

This round of hearings will explore interactions between Victoria Police and Nicola Gobbo during her period of registration as a human source between September 2005 and January 2009.  

The first witnesses will be former manager Specialist Covert Duties, Source Development Unit, Detective Senior Sergeant ‘Jones’ (a pseudonym); former member of the Source Development Unit, Detective Sergeant ‘Brennan’ (a pseudonym), and retired Victoria Police Detective James O'Brien, former officer-in-charge of the Purana Taskforce.

While the Commission’s preference is to hold its hearings in public, it may be necessary to close parts of these hearings to protect the safety of certain witnesses and affected persons.
 
Those wishing to attend should note that the hearings may be streamed live through this website and images of people in the public gallery could be captured. 

Usual location and hours

Public hearings take place at the Fair Work Commission, Court Room 1, Level 6, 11 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, unless otherwise indicated.  
 
Usual hearing hours are from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm. 
 
Please note that the Commission does not conduct hearings every day.  To find out when hearings will be taking place, please check this page or call the Commission on 1800 312 612.

Transcripts, statements and exhibits 
The table below contains information including transcripts, statements and exhibits. 
 
Before information can be made public, it must be carefully reviewed (and redacted where appropriate) by the Commission in consultation with Victoria Police. This may cause some delays in publishing. 

Directions hearing

Wednesday 3 July 2019 (Transcript

Focus: 2004 to 2005, Paul Dale, the Purana Taskforce, and registration by the SDU
Tuesday 2 July 2019 (Transcript)
Witness Related documents
Commander Stuart Bateson, Victoria Police Exhibit 0272 Diary of Commander Stuart Bateson  - Subject to final redaction approval by the Commission
RC0273b-Courtbooks-and-diaries-of-Ms-Nicola-Gobbo 
Monday 1 July 2019 (Transcript)
Witnesses Related documents
Detective Sergeant Paul Rowe, Victoria Police  
Commander Stuart Bateson, Victoria Police Exhibit RC0270 LaTrobe University Fraud Investigation Course
Friday 28 June (Transcript)
Witnesses Related documents
Acting Inspector Mark Hatt, Victoria Police  
Nigel L'Estrange, Victoria Police  
Detective Sergeant Paul Rowe, Victoria Police  
Thursday 27 June 2019 (Transcript) 
Witnesses Related documents
Former Victoria Police Officer Philip Swindells Exhibit RC0251 Statement of former Victoria Police Officer Philip Swindells
RC0253b Summary of meeting
RC0254 Courtbook of Gobbo
Detective Senior Sergeant Peter Trichias, Victoria Police RC0256 Information report
RC0260 Statement of Gobbo - Subject to final redaction approval by the Commission
Exhibit RC0261b Article from The Age dated 10 Dec 01 '... killer named'
Acting Inspector Mark Hatt, Victoria Police Exhibit RC0262b Statement of Acting Inspector Mark Hatt
Wednesday 26 June 2019 (Transcript)
Witnesses Related documents
Former Victoria Police Officer Andrew Allen RC0250 Courtbook of Gobbo
Detective Senior Sergeant Peter Trichias, Victoria Police  
Tuesday 25 June 2019 (Transcript)
Witnesses Related documents
Former Victoria Police Officer Paul Dale  Exhibit 0247 Statement of Mr Carl Williams
Detective Senior Sergeant Peter Trichias, Victoria Police  
Friday 21 June 2019 (Transcript)
Witness Related documents
Former Victoria Police Officer Paul Dale  Exhibit RC0240 Courtbook of Ms Nicola Gobbo  - Subject to final redaction approval by the Commission
Exhibit RC0241 Courtbook of Ms Nicola Gobbo 
RC0242 Notes made by Dale
RC0243b Call charge records
Thursday 20 June 2019 (Transcript)
Witness Related documents
Superintendent Jason Kelly, Victoria Police (RC0234b Statement)  
Detective Senior Sergeant Peter Trichias, Victoria Police Exhibit RC0239b Statement of Detective Senior Sergeant Peter Trichias - Subject to final redaction approval by the Commission
Wednesday 19 June 2019 (Transcript)
Witness Related documents
  Submissions of the State of Victoria
Superintendent Jason Kelly, Victoria Police (RC0234b Statement) RC0235 Diary of Kelly
Tuesday 18 June 2019 (Transcript)
Witness Related documents
Detective Senior Sergeant Tim Argall, Victoria Police  Exhibit RC0233b Telephone traffic between Gobbo, Dale, Argall, T Hodson & C Hodson 
Monday 17 June 2019 (Transcript)

Directions hearing

Wednesday 5June 2019 (Transcript)
Tendered documents
RC0158 Fax to Law Institute of Victoria
RC0159 Letter from Law Institute of Victoria to N Gobbo
RC0160 Letter from N Gobbo to Law Institute of Victoria
RC0161 Legal Practice Board application
RC0162 Application for Practising Certificate
RC0163 Application for membership to Law Institute of Victoria
RC0164 Letter from legal Practice Board Registry to N Gobbo
RC0165 Law Institute of Victoria renewal application
RC0166 Fax to Law Institute of Victoria
RC0167 Letter to N Gobbo
RC0168 Letter to Victorian Lawyers RPA Ltd
RC0169 Legal Practice Board notification of changes form
RC0170 Letter from Legal Practice Board to N Gobbo
RC0171 Letter to Whom it May Concern
RC0172 Letter from Professional Standards to N Gobbo
RC0173 Legal Practice Board entity records update
RC0174 Victorian Bar Ethics Committee resolution
RC0175 Victorian Bar Ethcs Committee resolution
RC0176 Letter from Legal Service Board to N Gobbo
RC0178 Letter from Legal Services Commissioner to Victorian Bar
RC0179 Letter from Legal Services Commissioner to Williams
RC0180 Victorian Bar complaint referral acknowledgement
Exhibit RC0181 Letter from the Victorian Bar Ethics Committee to Mr Carl Williams, 5 June 2019
RC0182 Letter from Victorian Bar to N Gobbo
RC0183 Victorian Bar profile of N Gobbo
RC0186 Notice of meeting
RC0189 Minutes of meeting
RC0190 Letter to Williams
RC0191 Letter to N Gobbo
RC0192 Letter to Williams
RC0193 Letter to N Gobbo
RC0194 History commentary of N Gobbo
RC0195 Notice of meeting
RC0199 Letter to N Gobbo
RC0200 Noticer of meeting
RC0201 Letter to N Gobbo
RC0202 Letter from Victorian Bar to Williams
RC0206 Letter from Legal Services Board to N Gobbo
RC0207 Cover of C Williams Legal Services Board file
RC0210 Letter from Legal Services Board to R Williams
Exhibit RC0211 Memorandum from Legal Services Commissioner, 5 June 2019
Exhibit RC0212 Letter from the Legal Services Commissioner to Ms Nicola Gobbo, 5 June 2019
RC0213 Legal Services Commissioner closure report
RC0214 Letter from Legal Services Board to N Gobbo
RC0215 Victorian Bar Counsel Committee minutes of meeting
RC0216 Victorian Bar Counsel Committee current matters
RC0217 Letter from Legal Services Board to N Gobbo
RC0218 Victorian Bar Counsel Committee minutes of meeting
RC0219 Victorian Bar Counsel Committee current matters
RC0220 Letter from Legal Services Board to N Gobbo

Focus: 2003 to 2004
Wednesday 22 May 2019 (Transcript) 

Witnesses Related documents
  RC0157 Letter to Commission
'Person 12' (RC0147b Statement) RC0148 Courtbook of Gobbo
Former Victoria Police Officer David Miechel (RC0149 Statement) RC0150 Prism data
RC0151 Daybook of Miechel
RC0152 Daybook of Miechel
Former Victoria Police Officer Paul Dale  
Former Victoria Police Officer Paul Firth - Not required to appear (RC0155 Statement)  
Former Victoria Police Officer Malcolm Rosenes - Not required to appear (RC0156 Statement)  

Tuesday 21 May 2019 

Friday 17 May 2019 (Transcript)

Witness Related documents
Former Detective Senior Sergeant  Andrew Murray Gregor, Victoria Police (RC0129b Statement) RC0131 Statement
RC0133 Information report
 

Thursday 16 May 2019  

Witnesses Related documents
Superintendent Kevin Sheridan, Victoria Police  RC0122 Signature on informer application
Former Detective Senior Sergeant George Tapai, Victoria Police (RC0123b Statement) RC0124 Prism data
Inspector Wayne Cheesman, Victoria Police (RC0126 Statement)  
 Wednesday 15 May 2019 (Transcript)
Witnesses Related documents
Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill, Victoria Police (RC0114 Statement) RC0115 Request for assistance 
Exhibit RC0116 Information registration application 
RC0117 Diary of Hill
Detective Senior Constable Liza Burrows, Victoria Police  

Tuesday 14 May 2019 (Transcript)

Witnesses Related documents
Former Detective Senior Sergeant Charlie Bezzina, Victoria Police (RC0102a Statement; RC0102b Supplementary statement) RC0103 Diary of Bezzina
RC0104 Interview transcript
RC0105 Information report
RC0106 Information report 
Former Commander Terry Purton, Victoria Police (RC0107b Statement) RC109a Diary of Purton
RC0112b List of names

Focus: 1999 to 2003
T
hursday 10 May 2019 (Transcript)
Friday 9 May 2019 (Transcript)

Witness  Related documents
Former Commander Peter De Santo, Victoria Police  Exhibit RC0097b Statement of Mr Peter De Santo
RC0098b Diary of Gobbo
RC0101 Diary of De Santo

Wednesday 8 May 2019 (Transcript)

Witnesses Related documents
Former Detective Sergeant 'Kruger', Victoria Police RC0094 Committal mention
RC0095b Diary of Gobbo
Principal Solicitor, David Foster, Victoria Police  (RC0096 Statement)  

Thursday 2 May 2019 (Transcript)

Witness  Related documents
Detective Senior Constable David Bartlett, Victoria Police (RC0093b Statement)  

Wednesday 1 May 2019 (Transcript)

Witnesses   Related documents
Former Victoria Police Officer Wayne Strawhorn, Victoria Police (RC0080 Statement) RC0082 Property letters
RC0083 Fax to W Strawhorn
RC0085R Information report
RC0086 Operation Hamadan  final report
RC0087b Diary of Strawhorn
RC0088 Contact summary
Inspector Martin Allison, Victoria Police (RC0089 Statement) Nil
Former Victoria Police Officer Steven Martin (RC0090 Statement) RC0091 Information report
Former Inspector Christopher Notman, Victoria Police (RC0092b Statement; RC0092c Statement)  

Tuesday 30 April 2019 (Transcript

Witness      Related documents
Former Victoria Police Officer Wayne Strawhorn (RC0080 Statement)  

Focus: 1993 to 1999

Tuesday 16 April 2019 

Witnesses         Related documents
Former Victoria Police Officer Mark Bowden (RC0077 Statement)  

Tuesday 2 April 2019 (Transcript)

Witnesses         Related documents
Former Assistant Commissioner Jeff Pope, Victoria  Police (RC0057 Statement) RC0059 ARU information report
RC0060 ARU information report
RC0061  Affidavit of Pope
RC0062 Transcript of conversation
RC0063 Diary of Pope
Former Detective Sergeant 'Kruger', Victoria Police  RC0051 Diary of 'Kruger'
RC0055 Contact summary
RC0056 Application to authorise CIU assistance
RC0058 Activity log
Exhibit RC0064 Statement 'Kruger'
RC0065 Contact summary
RC0066 Operation Carron final report
RC0067a Diary of 'Kruger'
RC0067b Diary of 'Kruger'
Exhibit RC0068 ARU information report 
Assistant Commissioner John (Jack) Blayney, Victoria Police - Not required to appear  (RC0069 Statement) Exhibit RC0070 Operation Scorn progress report 
RC0071 Contact summary
Former Detective Sergeant Kira Olney, Victoria Police - Not required to appear (RC0072 Statement) Nil
Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Woolfe, Victoria Police - Not required to appear (RC0073 Statement)  
Solicitor for Victoria Police, Roger Jeans - Not required to appear (RC0078 Statement)  
Monday 1 April 2019 (Transcript)
Witnesses      Related documents
Non-publication order  
Detective Inspector Gavan Segrave, Victoria Police (RC0032 Statement) Exhibit RC0033 ARU information report
Exhibit RC0034 Informer application
RC0034b Informer application
Exhibit RC0035 ARU information report
RC0036 ARU information report
RC0037 ARU information report
RC0038 ARU information report
RC0039 ARU information report
RC0040 ARU information report
RC0041 ARU information report
Exhibit RC0042 ARU information report
Exhibit RC0043 ARU information report
RC0044 ARU information report
RC0045 ARU information report
RC0046 ARU information report
RC0047 ARU information report
RC0048 ARU information report
RC0049 ARU information report
Exhibit RC0050 Recommendation to reclassify Ms Nicola Gobbo
Detective Senior Sergeant Rodney Arthur, Victoria Police (RC0052 Statement) RC0053 Contact summary
Detective Senior Sergeant Tim Argall, Victoria Police  Exhibit RC0054 Statement of Senior Sergeant Tim Argall
Former Assistant Commissioner Jeff Pope, Victoria Police (RC0057 Statement)  
Friday 29 March 2019 (Transcript)
Witnesses              Related documents
Non-publication order  RC0012 Affidavit to verify Articles
RC0013 Academic transcript
RC0014 Application for admission
RC0015 Affidavit to Board of Examiners
RC0016 Affidavit of Service 
RC0017 Affidavit supporting  Application
RC0018 Board of Examiners Certificate
Exhibit RC0019 Certificate of Admission 
Assistant Commissioner Neil Paterson APM, Victoria Police                                                                       RC0011 Letter to S Patton
Former Sergeant Michael Holding, Victoria Police (RC0020 Statement) RC0021 Letter of commendation
RC0022 Print out of charges
Acting Inspector Peter Trichias, Victoria Police (RC0023 Statement) RC0024 Letter of commendation
Former Detective Sergeant John Gibson, Victoria Police (RC0025 Statement) RC0026 Diary of Gibson
RC0027 Contact summary
Inspector Trevor Ashton, Victoria Police  Exhibit RC0028 Statement of Inspector Trevor Ashton, 29 March 2019
RC0029 Day book and diary of Ashton
Exhibit RC0030 Registration of human source
RC0031 Contact summary

Thursday 28 March  2019 (Transcript)

Witness Related documents
Non-publication order   
Assistant Commissioner Neil Paterson APM, Victoria Police Exhibit RC0008 Statement of Assistant Commissioner Neil Paterson - Subject to final redaction approval by the Commission
Exhibit RC0009 Letter to S Patton
Exhibit RC0010 Letter to R Redlich

Wednesday 27 March  2019 (Transcript)

Witness Related documents
Assistant Commissioner Neil Paterson APM, Victoria Police  Exhibit RC0007 Informer application
Exhibit RC0008 Statement of Assistant Commissioner Neil Paterson - Subject to final redaction approval by the Commission

Opening statements

Friday 15 February 2019 (Transcript)