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4May
News

Bar Roll No: 810

It is with deep regret that the Bar Council informs members of the death of the Honourable Peter Heerey AM QC on Saturday 1 May 2021.

The funeral service will be held at 2:30pm on Friday 14 May at St Patrick’s Cathedral, East Melbourne. Early arrival is recommended due to COVID-19 check-in requirements.

4May
News

Solicitor-General of Victoria

The Governor in Council has today appointed Rowena Orr QC as the next Solicitor-General of Victoria. The appointment will be effective on 10 May 2021.

Details of any welcome ceremony will be made available when they are known.

30Apr
In Brief

New Executive Director

After an extensive search, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Amanda Utt as the new Executive Director of the Bar. As most will be aware, Amanda stepped into the role of acting CEO on very short notice late last year. She has done a wonderful job since that time. With runs on the board and obvious familiarity with our organisation, Amanda ultimately won through in a field of impressive candidates. We welcome Amanda to her new and important role.

26Apr
News

Bar Roll No: 2869

It is with deep regret that members of the Bar are informed of the death of Margaret Collis on 24 April 2021.

23Apr
In Brief

Review of Sexual Harassment in Victorian Courts and VCAT

23Apr
News

Bar Roll No: 1261

It is with deep regret the Bar Council informs members that on 15 April 2021, Jeffery Arthur Gyles passed away from advanced Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

21Apr
News

Her Honour Magistrate Victoria Campbell

Her Honour Magistrate Helen Murphy

Appointed in March 2020, a Welcome Ceremony will be held for Her Honour Magistrate Victoria Campbell and Her Honour Magistrate Helen Murphy this Friday 23 April from 9:00am – 10:00am.

The ceremony will be livestreamed via Webex due to limited court numbers. To view the ceremony, please click here

19Apr
News

Federal Circuit Court of Australia

The Governor-General in Council has appointed Jennifer Howe as a judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in the Melbourne registry, commencing on 6 April 2021.

The profession will extend a welcome to Judge Howe in Courtroom 4A, Level 4, Owen Dixon Commonwealth Law Courts Building, 305 William St at 4:00pm on Friday 23 April 2021.

19Apr
News

Federal Circuit Court of Australia

The Governor-General in Council has appointed Jonathan Davis QC as a judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in the Melbourne registry, commencing on 6 April 2021.

The profession will extend a welcome to Judge Davis in Courtroom 4A, Level 4, Owen Dixon Commonwealth Law Courts Building, 305 William St at 4:30pm on Thursday 29 April 2021.

16Apr
In Brief

Retirement of The Hon. Justice Peter Almond

On 31 March this year, Justice Peter Almond retired as a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria, having been appointed on 27 July 2010.

Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, there was no formal farewell. His Honour did, however, record a final address which can be accessed here.

We thank His Honour for his service to the people of Victoria and wish him well in retirement.

15Apr
News

Bar Roll No: 3040

It is with deep regret the Bar Council informs members that on 14 April 2021, Dan Christie passed away from cancer.

13Apr
News

The Executive Council has today appointed Kristen Walker QC as a judge of appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria, effective 3 May 2021.

Details of the welcome ceremony will be made available when they are known.