The first week of Victoria’s royal commission into the use of police informants heard how Nicola Gobbo was registered as a source three times

The lawyer at the centre of a police informant scandal in Victoria was repeatedly courted and rejected by police before she began her four-year stint as a top informant on Melbourne’s gangland wars, a royal commission has heard.

Nicola Gobbo, 46, was unmasked as Lawyer X, or Informer 3838, last month. At the first hearings of the Victorian royal commission into the management of police informants this week, current and former police officers detailed their interactions with Gobbo in the 1990s, before she became a lawyer of choice for organised crime figures.

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