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Welcome – His Honour Judge Damian Murphy to the County Court

[30 Sep 2006]

A welcome will be extended by the legal profession for His Honour Judge Murphy on his appointment as a Judge of the County Court.  The welcome will be held on Tuesday 31 October 2006 at 9.15 am at Court 3.3 in County Court of Victoria, 250 William Street Melbourne 3000.
All counsel who are able to attend are requested to do so, robed.

Basic Mediation Workshop

[28 Sep 2006]

Presented by Leo Cussen Institute in conjunction with Bond University Dispute Resolution Centre, from 12 to 15 October 2006. For more information see this website.

Essoign presents Albert Camus' 'The Fall'

[28 Sep 2006]

The Fall stars Drew Tingwell and is directed by Emma Valente. The Fall has been newly translated and adapted for the stage by Colin Duckworth, Emeritus Professor of French, Melbourne University.

10th October 2006,  6.30pm, tix $20.
Bookings: call ext. 6748.

Download the media release below.

Farewell to Her Honour Judge Pannam

[27 Sep 2006]

A farewell for Her Honour Judge Pannam to mark the occasion of her retirement as a Judge of the County Court will be held at 4.30pm on Wednesday 4 October 2006 in Court 3-3, County Court, 250 William Street Melbourne.

County Court of Victoria Registrar’s Practice Direction No. 5 of 2006

[27 Sep 2006]

Listing Of Workcover Cases at Bendigo, Ballarat and Latrobe Valley. Download this Registrar's Practice Direction below.

Neighbourhood Justice Centre Magistrate Appointed

[26 Sep 2006]

The Attorney-General, the Honourable Rob Hulls MP, has announced the appointment of David Fanning as the magistrate who will head Australia’s first Neighbourhood Justice Centre, to open in Collingwood next year.  The Bar congratulates Mr Fanning on his appointment.

Welcome – Graeme Horsburgh as Judicial Registrar

[26 Sep 2006]

The Attorney-General, the Honourable Rob Hulls MP, has announced the appointment of Graeme Horsburgh, formerly the principal registrar of the Victorian Magistrates’ Court, as the State’s third judicial registrar.  The Bar congratulates Mr Horsburgh on his appointment.

Obituary – Professor Rufus Davis

[25 Sep 2006]

It is with sadness that the Bar Council informs members of the Bar of the death of Rufus Davis on 23 September 2006.  Rufus had a distinguished academic career.  He was the Foundation Professor of Politics at Monash University when he retired in 1984.  He was then admitted to practice on 4 June 1984 and signed the Roll of Counsel on 21 November 1985.  Rufus practised at the Bar for some years and retired in 1993.  He passed away peacefully in his 90th year.

Welcome – Damian Murphy to the Victorian County Court

[24 Sep 2006]

The Attorney-General, the Honourable Rob Hulls, has announced the appointment of Damian Murphy to the Victorian County Court.  Mr Murphy is a former judicial registrar in the Industrial Relations Court of Australia and the Federal Court.  He came to the Victorian Bar in 1986.  The Bar congratulates Mr Murphy on his appointment.

Welcome – Federal Magistrate Frank Turner to the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia

[19 Sep 2006]

A ceremonial sitting of the Court to welcome Frank Turner as a Federal Magistrate of the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia will be held on Thursday 19 October 2006 at 4.15pm in Courtroom 1, Owen Dixon Commonwealth Law Courts Building, 305 William Street Melbourne.

Welcome – Master Daly to the Supreme Court of Victoria

[19 Sep 2006]

A welcome will be extended by the legal profession to mark the appointment of Master Melissa Daly as a Master of the Supreme Court of Victoria.  To be held in the Banco Court, Supreme Court of Victoria, 210 William Street Melbourne, on Thursday 19 October 2006 at 9.30am.
All counsel who are able to attend are requested to do so.  Robing is not required.

Farewell to His Honour Judge Stott

[19 Sep 2006]

A farewell for His Honour Judge Stott to mark the occasion of his retirement as a Judge of the County Court will be held at 4.30pm on Thursday 19 October 2006 in Court 3-3, County Court, 250 William Street Melbourne.

Results of Bar Council Election for 2006/2007

[14 Sep 2006]

At the Declaration of the Poll following the Bar Council election on 13 September 2006 the following candidates, in order of seniority, were declared elected (download results below):

High Court of Australia Practice Direction No. 2 of 2006 and Practice Direction No. 3 of 2006.

[14 Sep 2006]

The Justices of the High Court have issued Practice Direction No. 2 of 2006 and Practice Direction No. 3 of 2006.  Both Practice Directions can be downloaded below.

High Court Sittings Calendar 2007

[14 Sep 2006]

The High Court sittings calendar for 2007 has been finalised and can be downloaded below.

Welcome – The Honourable Justice Elizabeth Curtain to the Supreme Court of Victoria

[13 Sep 2006]

A welcome will be extended by the legal profession for The Honourable Justice Elizabeth Curtain on her appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court.  The welcome will be held on Friday 13 October 2006 at 9.30 am in the Banco Court, Supreme Court of Victoria.

Open Discussion With Supreme Court Judges – Presentation of Cases

[12 Sep 2006]

Judges of the Supreme Court have expressed a desire to see better presentation of cases and encourage consultation between the Court and the Bar as to how matters might be improved.  An open discussion session will be conducted by the Principal Judges of the Commercial and Equity Division and the Common Law Division and an appeal judge, to be held in the Supreme Court Theatrette on Wednesday 20 September 2006 at 5.30pm.
All members are invited to attend.

Obituary – Barry Moorfoot

[11 Sep 2006]

It is with sadness that the Bar Council informs members of the Bar of the death of Barry Moorfoot on 6 September 2006. He was admitted to practice on 1 December 1969 and signed the Roll of Counsel on 11 December 1970.  He read with Judge Michael Kelly QC and practised in criminal law.  Barry practised for many years as Crown Counsel in Hong Kong and he retired from active practice in 2002.

A funeral service will be held in the Le Pine Chapel, 81 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe on Wednesday 13 September 2006 at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre would be appreciated.  Envelopes will be available at the Chapel.

Victorian Bar Council Election

[9 Sep 2006]

Members should note that voting for the Bar Council election has closed as of 5pm Wednesday the 13th of September 2006.

Welcome - Frank Turner to the Federal Magistrates Court

[8 Sep 2006]

The Attorney-General, the Honourable Philip Ruddock, has announced the appointment of Frank Turner as a Federal Magistrate, effective as of 3 October 2006. He will be based in Sydney.  The Bar congratulates Mr Turner on his appointment.

Family Court Notification: Obligations Created by Section 60K of the Family Law Act 1975

[7 Sep 2006]

The Family Court has released a notification regarding processes put in place by the Family Court in relation to obligations created by Section 60K of the Family Law Act 1975.  Download the notification below.

Family Law Courts Website

[6 Sep 2006]

The combined registry project it a joint initiative of the Family Court of Australia and the federal Magistrates Court of Australia.  As part of this initiative the Courts have developed the Family Law Courts website www.familylawcourts.gov.au.

Obituary - Brendan Griffin S.C.

[4 Sep 2006]

It is with sadness that the Bar Council informs members of the Bar of the death of Brendan Griffin S.C. on 2 September 2006.  He was admitted to practise on 3 April 1978 and signed the Roll of Counsel on 20 May 1982.  Brendan took silk on 24 November 2005.  As a practitioner, he practised in a very wide and diverse range of areas.  He was highly regarded by his peers and a great source of help to junior practitioners.  He will be sorely missed by his friends and colleagues at the Bar. 

ABA Judicial Appointments Forum

[4 Sep 2006]

The Australian Bar Association is hosting a public forum for discussion about judicial appointments on Friday 27 October 2006 at Sheraton on the Park in Sydney.  Download the flyer below.

Candidates for the Victorian Bar Council Election

[3 Sep 2006]

Candidates for the Victorian Bar Council Election, to be held on Wednesday, 13 September 2006, can be found on this page.

Australian Bar Gazette

[1 Sep 2006]

The September 2006 edition of the ABA's Australian Bar Gazette can be downloaded below.