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Latest News & Events

7May
In Brief

The first week of May 2021 has been an exciting and busy one for members of the Victorian Bar.

Appointment of Victorian Solicitor-General

The week commenced with the announcement of the appointment of Rowena Orr QC as the next Solicitor-General of Victoria, the State’s most senior legal advisor and advocate. Echoing the comments made earlier in the week by the Victorian Bar President, Christopher Blanden QC, the State of Victoria is lucky to have the benefit of Rowena’s exceptional legal talent and experience.

6May
News

On Wednesday, 5 May 2021, the biannual Victorian Bar Pro Bono Awards winners were announced at a ceremony at the Commonwealth Law Courts.

6May
News

The Welcome Ceremony taking place this afternoon 4:15pm, Thursday, 6 May 2021 at the County Court of Victoria for Her Honour Judge My Anh Tran can be viewed at this link.

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.