The Commission is required to inquire into and report on the number of, and extent to which, cases may have been affected by the conduct of Ms Nicola Gobbo. Ms Gobbo was a criminal defence barrister who was, at various times between 1 January 1995 and 13 January 2009, acting as a police informant. She was referred to as ‘EF’ in recent court cases, informant ‘3838’ and other informant numbers by Victoria Police, and was often referred to as ‘Lawyer X’ in the media.
Anyone who has previously received advice from or were represented by Nicola Gobbo in legal proceedings between 1995 and 2009, and who thinks their case may have been affected as a result of her conduct as a police informant, is encouraged to make a submission to the Commission.
The due date for these submissions was Friday, 15 March 2019.
In addition, the Commission will examine the adequacy and effectiveness of Victoria Police’s current processes for recruiting, handling and managing human sources who are subject to legal obligations of confidentiality or privilege. It will also examine the use of such human source information in the broader criminal justice system and will consider measures to improve future processes and practices.
The due date for these submissions was Friday, 12 April 2019.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call 1800 312 612 or email [email protected]
Publication of submissions
Submissions may be published on the Commission's website and referenced or quoted in its interim and final reports.
Submissions can be treated by the Commission as public, anonymous, or confidential.
- Public submissions can be published on the website and referenced or quoted in reports. Prior to publication, the Commission will remove any private contact details (e.g. a personal address).
- Anonymous submissions will be de-identified by the Commission and can be published on the website and referenced or quoted in reports. Prior to publication, the Commission will remove the submitter's name and contact details and will redact (black out) any details that could identify the submitter.
- Confidential submissions will not be published on the website or referenced or quoted in reports.
The Commission will decide how a submission will be treated. However, in making its decision, the Commission will consider the submitter's request, along with any legal and privacy considerations and the safety of all persons affected by matters raised in the submission and in the inquiry.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call 1800 312 612 or email [email protected].