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Latest News & Events

12Aug
In Brief

My email communication yesterday alerted members to an offensive notice that was placed in the lifts in Owen Dixon Chambers East on Wednesday evening. The notice purported to be from the Victorian Bar. It was not and it was quickly removed by the Bar office. The notice is an anathema to the Bar which actively promotes equality, diversity and inclusion.

12Aug
News

A ceremonial sitting of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia will be held to welcome the Honourable Justice Lisa Hespe 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:

Friday, 2 September 2022 at 9:30am

11Aug
News

The Victorian Bar has been alerted to an offensive notice that was placed in the lifts in Owen Dixon Chambers East last night. 

5Aug
In Brief

There are a number of Expressions of Interest open at the moment for the consideration of members:

  • ABA committees: EOI closes today.
  • VLSB - director: EOI to be nominated closes on Friday 12 August 2022
  • The Council of Law Reporting in Victoria - two positions. EOI closes on 19 August 2022
4Aug
News

Consistent with its commitment to transparency and ensuring that all members have a fair opportunity to represent the Victorian Bar, the Victorian Bar Council has organised an expression of interest for its representation on ABA Committees. The expression of interest period opened on 22 July 2022 and closes on 5 August 2022.

4Aug
News

Supreme Court of Victoria

A welcome sitting to mark the appointment of the Honourable Associate Justice Fiona Steffensen as an associate Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria will be held in Banco Court on:

Monday, 15 August 2022 at 9:15am.

The ceremony will be live-streamed and available to watch remotely here.

4Aug
News

Supreme Court of Victoria

A welcome sitting to mark the appointment of the Honourable Associate Justice Matthew Barrett as an associate Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria will be held in Banco Court on:

Wednesday, 17 August 2022 at 9:15am.

The ceremony will be live-streamed and available to watch remotely. Details will become available on the website when available.

3Aug
News

A 128-year-old silver cigarette case has been stolen and Victoria’s barristers want it back!

In fact, the Victorian Bar is offering a $2000 reward for the return of the slightly battered piece of memorabilia. The case itself is not valuable — but to the local legal fraternity, it has become an icon of selfless devotion to duty.

29Jul
In Brief

On Wednesday, Charles Shaw QC, Amanda Utt, and I attended the bi-monthly meeting with the Victorian Legal Services Board (VLSB) CEO Fiona McLeay. The matters discussed included the anticipated funding by the VLSB to the Victorian Bar; a review post practising certificate renewals of the effectiveness of the process; and an update in respect of the proposed mandatory reporting by the legal profession as recommended by the Royal Commission into the Management of Police informants.

22Jul
In Brief

On behalf of the Bar I extend my congratulations to Lucia Raponi, David Langton and Brett Sonnet on their respective appointment as a Magistrate of the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.  I wish each of them all the best for the challenges ahead.

21Jul
News

County Court of Victoria

A welcome sitting to mark the appointment of Her Honour Judge Nola Karapanagiotidis as a judge of the County Court of Victoria will be held in Ceremonial Courtroom 3.3, Level 3, 250 William Street, Melbourne on:

Thursday, 28 July 2022 at 9:15am

21Jul
News

Supreme Court of Victoria

A welcome sitting to mark the appointment of the Honourable Justice Andrea Tsalamandris as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria will be held in Banco Court on:

Tuesday, 2 August 2022 at 9:15am.

The ceremony will be live-streamed and available to watch remotely here.