PUBLIC examinations into alleged serious police misconduct at the Ballarat Police Station will begin on Monday.
The state's anti-corruption body hearing will run for a week at the Ballarat Law Courts.
IBAC’s Operation Ross hearings will focus on the alleged excessive use of force by officers at Ballarat Police Station and the Victoria Police management of, and response to, alleged excessive use of force by police officers, including in Ballarat.
The public examinations were put on hold after two Ballarat police officers appealed to the High Court to have the examinations held in secret. The officers, who cannot be named, are under investigation for their treatment of a woman taken into custody at the Ballarat police station on January 14, 2015.
The High Court unanimously dismissed their appeal. The court held that IBAC has the power under the Act to hold a public examination into people who have not been charged with a criminal offence.
The IBAC Commissioner, Stephen O’Bryan QC, will preside over the examinations. Counsel Assisting will be Jack Rush RFD QC and Gary Hevey RFD of the Victorian Bar.
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