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Latest News & Events

1Jul
In Brief

Last Friday, the Victorian Bar Foundation Student Achievement Award winners for 2022 were announced alongside our partners Hume City Council. The Patron of the Foundation, the Honourable Justice Gordon AC congratulated the students and spoke of the opportunities available in the law to young people of all backgrounds who study hard, Darryl Burnett represented Bar Council on the evening. It was a happy occasion with many proud family members in attendance to enjoy the success of the students.

1Jul
News

The Attorney-General of Victoria has announced the appointments of two Deputy Chief Magistrates to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria:

Her Honour Deputy Chief Magistrate Susan Wakeling (Re-appointment)

His Honour Magistrate Timothy Bourke

These appointments are effective as of today.

30Jun
News

Her Honour Magistrate Robyn Hamilton

His Honour Magistrate Mark Sabljak

A welcome sitting to mark the appointment of Her Honour Magistrate Robyn Hamilton and His Honour Magistrate Mark Sabljak will be held in Courtroom 1, Magistrates’ Court of Victoria on:

Friday, 8 July 2022 at 9:00am

29Jun
News

Bar Roll No: 2291

It is with deep regret that the Bar Council informs members of the death of Nicholas (“Nick”) Hanos on Thursday 23 June 2022 at the age of 72 years.

28Jun
Outstanding Hume students recognised by the Victorian Bar
News

The Victorian Bar Foundation and Hume City Council announce the winners of unique legal awards.

Sixteen of Hume City’s brightest young students have been recognised by the Victorian Bar for academic excellence in legal studies.

The award winners are from a variety of Hume City secondary schools and each receives $1,000 from the Victorian Bar Foundation and $500 from the Hume City Council.

24Jun
In Brief

On behalf of members, I extend my congratulations and best wishes to the Hon. Justice Karin Emerton on her appointment as President of the Court of Appeal, effective as of 16 July 2022.  Justice Emerton has been a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria since 2009, initially in the trial division and since 2018 in the appellate division.

24Jun
News

Members are required to renew their Practising Certificate before 30 June to continue to practise on 1 July.

The deadline for renewing your PII premium was 31 May 2022. If you have not done so, please renew online before 30 June. The link is available on the ‘News’ section of the VicBar website.

Members who renew after this date may incur a late renewal surcharge from the LSB+C.

21Jun
News

Supreme Court of Victoria

Victorian Bar member Dr Matthew Barrett has been appointed as an Associate Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

The appointment is effective today.

21Jun
News

President of the Court of Appeal

The Victorian Government has appointed Justice Karin Emerton as the new President of the Court of Appeal – the first female President in the Court’s history.

20Jun
News

Bar Roll No: 483

It is with regret that the Bar Council informs members of the death of Paul Richard Mullaly QC, on 14 June 2022. He was 92.

17Jun
In Brief

Last night I chaired the Special General Meeting of the Bar.  The only item of business was the proposed amendment to the Bar’s Constitution to ensure certain numbers of silks and non-silks in Category A.  The SGM was well attended, and 382 members had submitted proxies. Darryl Burnett proposed the motion and spoke in favour of it. No one spoke against the resolution.  In order to pass the resolution, a vote of 75% of those who voted (whether in person or by proxy) was required.  286 members voted in favour of the resolution; 120 members voted against the resolution.  The percentage for the motion was 70.44% of members who voted.  Accordingly, the resolution was not carried, and there will be no amendment to the Bar’s Constitution.

16Jun
News

Federal Court of Australia

A ceremonial sitting of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia will be held to welcome the Honourable Justice Timothy McEvoy as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia in Court 1, Level 8, Owen Dixon Commonwealth Law Courts Building, 305 William Street, Melbourne on:

Thursday 23 June at 9:30am