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18May
News

Her Honour Magistrate Alexandra Burt 

His Honour Magistrate Guillaume Bailin

Appointed in September 2020, a Welcome Ceremony will be held for Her Honour Magistrate Alexandra Burt and His Honour Magistrate Guillaume Bailin on Friday 28 May at 9:00am.

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

18May
News

To the Supreme Court of Victoria

The Executive Council has today appointed two members of the Bar to the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Mr Stephen O’Meara QC has been appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria, effective 18 May 2021.

Mr Richard Attiwill QC has been appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria, effective 18 May 2021.

14May
In Brief

VLA Trial Development Program

On Monday evening, I attended the 10th anniversary celebration of the Victorian Legal Aid Trial Counsel Development Program in the Essoign Club. The program was introduced by VLA in 2011 and has been supported by the Bar since its inception. Her Honour Judge Fiona Todd of the County Court of Victoria (herself a graduate) spoke, outlining the benefits the course gives to participants. My congratulations to all those who have completed the program and particularly to those Junior Counsel undertaking the current course.

10May
News

The Welcome Ceremony taking place at 4:15pm, Thursday, 13 May 2021 at the County Court of Victoria for Her Honour Judge Julie Clayton can be viewed at this link.

10May
News

Magistrates' Court of Victoria

Appointed in March 2020, a Welcome Ceremony will be held for His Honour Magistrate Andrew Halse this Friday, 14 May at 9:00am.

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

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.