News & Events


21May

All members of the Bar and Judiciary are warmly invited to the Dinner on Friday, 21 May 2021, 7:00pm at the Plaza Ballroom. The event is black tie and will feature guest speaker The Honourable Justice Simon Steward of the High Court of Australia.

4May

The Victorian Bar together with the Australian Intercultural Society invites you to the 2021 Ramadan Iftar Dinner, where members from a cross-section of Melbourne's diverse society come together to share a meal and conversations.

The Deputy Chair of The Victorian Bar's Equality and Diversity Committee, Astrid Haban-Beer, will MC a panel session on ‘Gender Equality and Cultural Diversity in the Law’ with Her Honour Magistrate Urfa Masood and Barristers Rutendo Muchinguri and Daye Gang.

Latest News & Events

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.

9Apr
In Brief

Anniversary

Monday marks a most important occasion in the history of the Victorian Bar. On 12 April 1841, a Crown Prosecutor and four barristers (including Sir Redmond Barry KCMG QC) were admitted at the inaugural sitting of the Supreme Court in Melbourne. Dr Peter Yule, the author of the History of the Victorian Bar (currently in print), identifies this date as one that has the strongest case to mark the establishment of the Victorian Bar. Victoria was then the Port Phillip District of the colony of New South Wales. It would be a further ten years before Victoria separated from NSW to become a colony in its own right, and a further sixty years before Victoria became a state of the new Commonwealth of Australia. It is remarkable to consider that the Bar is, in a sense, older than Victoria as an institution and will celebrate its 180th anniversary this Monday. The Arts & Collections Committee has curated a 180th Anniversary display on the walkway between Owen Dixon Chambers East and West, which I would commend to members.

1Apr
In Brief

Executive Director

I am pleased to announce that the Bar Council has concluded the process for the appointment of a new Executive Director to run the Bar office. We had a very strong field of candidates and anticipate we will be in a position to make a formal announcement next week.

Meeting with the Victorian Attorney-General

1Apr
News

Bar Roll No: 5061

It is with deep regret the Bar Council informs members that on 30 March 2021 Jacqui Katsivas passed away from breast cancer.

1Apr
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.

Details of the welcome ceremony will be advised when they become known.