Stan Winford

Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT University
Associate Director, Research, Innovation and Reform

Stan is a legal and justice system expert with experience in innovation and reform, including user centred design and applications for restorative and therapeutic justice in criminal and civil law. Stan’s work has included projects to better respond to the needs of victims of crime, improve justice responses to mental health, intellectual disability, acquired brain injury and cognitive impairment, and more effective approaches to reducing future offending. Stan is a practising lawyer who has held a number of senior roles in government and community legal services in both legal practice and legal policy. Between 2007 and 2010, Stan was Senior Legal Advisor to the Honourable Rob Hulls MP, the Attorney-General and Deputy Premier of Victoria. In this role Stan was involved in major changes to Victorian law, as well as the development of solution-focused courts including the Assessment and Referral Court List. Stan previously worked as Principal Lawyer and Legal Projects Officer at Fitzroy Legal Service, where he led law reform campaigns and public interest litigation. He also worked as the Drug Outreach Lawyer at Fitzroy Legal Service and as an advocate for many clients whose contact with the justice system was linked to experiences of homelessness, disability, mental illness, family violence, physical and sexual abuse and substance use disorders. Stan has published on justice issues and appeared in national and international media as a legal commentator. He is Chair of the Mental Health Legal Centre and a Law Handbook contributor.