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30Jul
In Brief

Last night the Victorian Bar and the Tax Bar Association, in conjunction with the Australian Bar Association, held a CPD webinar on taxation treaties and domestic law. Why am I mentioning a CPD that’s already taken place? The session was chaired by the Right Honourable Lord Hodge of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and the Bar’s office facilitated the entire exercise nationally and internationally. It is hoped this will encourage future international sessions of this kind — my congratulations to all involved, but particularly our office, which can claim much of the credit.

30Jul
News

Judge Advocate General of the Australian Defence Force

The Governor in Council has appointed Rear Admiral the Honourable Jack Rush RFD QC RAN as the next Judge Advocate General of the Australian Defence Force. The appointment is effective today.

Details of a ceremonial sitting will be made available via In Brief.

30Jul
News

Rear Admiral the Honourable Jack Rush RFD QC RAN has been appointed Judge Advocate General of the Australian Defence Force.

One of the most prominent lawyers in Australia, the Judge Advocate General, is a former Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria and Chairman of the Victorian Bar Council.

27Jul
News

Supreme Court of Victoria

The Governor in Council has made the following appointments:

Dr Catherine Gail Button QC as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria, effective 9 August 2021.

Her Honour Judge Amanda Claire Fox as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria, effective 13 August 2021.

27Jul
News

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

The Governor in Council has appointed Mr Richard Wilson as a Deputy President of the Tribunal. Richard will take on the role of Head of Civil Division.

The appointment is effective today.

26Jul
News

Federal Circuit Court of Australia

The Governor-General in Council has appointed the following as judges of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in the Melbourne registry.

His Honour Judge Jonathan Forbes

Her Honour Judge Catherine Symons

23Jul
In Brief

Members will be disappointed that the latest COVID-19 lockdown has again forced the postponement of several Bar functions. The good news is that we managed in-person welcomes for Their Honours Judge Sharon Burchell and Judge Anna Robertson of the County Court of Victoria between lockdowns.

21Jul
News

With the extension of the current lockdown for a further week, we provide this update to assist members to manage their work over the next week in compliance with the Chief Health Officer’s directions.

16Jul
In Brief

Occasionally, significant milestones in the Bar’s history and individual contributions go unnoticed or unappreciated – I think this is because they don’t involve a high-profile case or barrister. So it was last week that an important personality at the Bar quietly celebrated her 83rd birthday.

14Jul
Picture: 2021 Victorian Bar Foundation Student Achievement Award winners with (left to right, front row) Mayor of Hume City, Cr Joseph Haweil, High Court Justice the Honourable Michelle Gordon AC, and Victorian Bar Foundation Chairman, the Honourable Justice John Digby.
News

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

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

12Jul
News

County Court of Victoria

A welcome ceremony will be held for Her Honour Judge Anna Robertson this Wednesday, 14 July 2021 at 4:15pm.

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

9Jul
In Brief

We are now nearing the end of the court winter vacation and we hope you have enjoyed the break.

Christopher Blanden QC will return from holidays next week, and he will provide an update on matters relevant to the Victorian Bar in next Friday’s edition of In Brief.