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21Sep
In Brief

This week’s message comes to you from Hong Kong, where the Hong Kong 2018 International Commercial Law Conference, organised by the Victorian Bar and the Commercial Bar Association, is underway. The conference was opened this morning by the Honourable Chief Justice Ma GBM, Chief Justice of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal, and Michaela Browning, Australian Consul-General to Hong Kong and Macau. Many members of the judiciary and of the independent Bars of England and Wales, Hong Kong and Victoria have gathered in this dynamic city to participate in an exciting conference program, which includes eight sessions of topical seminars as well as a number of social events.

17Sep
News

Magistrates’ Court of Victoria

The Governor in Council, on Tuesday 14 August 2018, appointed Michael McNamara and Russell Kelly Magistrates. Their Honours were sworn-in privately by Chief Justice Ferguson on Monday 20 August 2018.

The Profession will extend a Welcome to Their Honours at a ceremonial sitting in Court 1 of the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court, Ground Floor, 233 William Street Melbourne on:

Tuesday 25 September 2018 at 9:15 am

All counsel who are able to do so are asked to attend. Counsel are not required to robe in the Magistrates’ Court.

14Sep
News

BAR ROLL NO: 3932

It is with deep regret that the Bar Council informs members of the death in the early morning of Monday 20 August 2018 (Melbourne time) of Jane Treleaven. Jane was 50 (born 30 April 1968).8).

A memorial service to acknowledge Jane’s life will be held at her former School, Shelford Girls Grammar School, 3 Hood Crescent, Caulfield at 2 pm on Wednesday 26 September 2018. Jane’s family welcomes the attendance of Janes friends and colleagues to join them in celebrating the life of the remarkable woman Jane was.

14Sep
News

Magistrates' Court of Western Australia and Family Court of Western Australia

The Governor of Western Australia, on 11 September 2018, appointed Paul Samuel Glass to the Magistrates Court of Western Australia.

The Attorney-General of Western Australia had previously, on 28 August 2018, appointed him a Registrar of the Family Court of Western Australia effective 1 October 2018.

Paul Glass will be sworn-in as a Western Australian Magistrate by the Governor of Western Australia in Perth next Wednesday week, 26 September 2018.

14Sep
In Brief

It was a week of appointments and welcomes for members of our Bar.  On behalf of all members, I extend to each of them my congratulations and wish them every personal and professional satisfaction in their new roles.

11Sep
News

Magistrates’ Court of Victoria

The Governor in Council has today appointed as Magistrates: Stephen John Ballek, Jacqueline Annette Billings, Letizia Mariela Torres and Randall Joshua Kune.

11Sep
News

Judge of the County Court

The Governor in Council today appointed His Honour Magistrate Philip John Ginnane a Judge of the County Court of Victoria.

The profession will extend a Welcome in the Ceremonial Courtroom, Court 3-3 of the County Court of Victoria, 250 William Street Melbourne on:

Friday 14 September 2018 at 9:15 am

All counsel who are able to do so are asked to attend, robed (without wigs).

7Sep
News

The Victorian Bar calls on the State Government to provide an explanation as to how personal information concerning one of its members came to be tabled in State Parliament and uploaded to the Parliament’s website this week.

7Sep
News

Magistrates' Court of Victoria

The Governor in Council, on Tuesday 31 July 2018, appointed Nahrain Warda a Magistrate. Her Honour was sworn-in privately by Chief Justice Ferguson on Monday 6 August 2018.

The Governor in Council, on Tuesday 14 August 2018, appointed Jacinta Studham a Magistrate. Her Honour was sworn-in privately by Chief Justice Ferguson on Monday 20 August 2018.

The Profession will extend a Welcome to Their Honours at a ceremonial sitting in Court 1 of the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court, Ground Floor, 233 William Street Melbourne on:

Wednesday 12 September 2018 at 9:15 am

All counsel who are able to do so are asked to attend. Counsel are not required to robe in the Magistrates’ Court.

7Sep
In Brief

Changing Face of the Bar

Yesterday, renowned photographer Bill Henson opened the "Changing Face of the Bar" exhibition in the Peter O’Callaghan QC Gallery on the ground floor of Owen Dixon Chambers.  (Bill Henson’s own extraordinary photographic portrait of Kenneth Hayne AC QC is ordinarily on permanent display in the Gallery.)

6Sep
News

BAR ROLL NO: 934

It is with deep regret that the Bar Council informs members of the death yesterday morning, Wednesday 5 September 2018, of His Honour John Thomas Hassett, retired Judge of the County Court of Victoria. John was 81 years of age (born 17 May 1937).

6Sep
News

If a picture paints a thousand words, the 700 photographs on display at the Victorian Bar’s ‘Changing Face of the Bar’ exhibition tell the rich story of the dynamic and diverse modern Victorian Bar.