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Being an advocacy instructor is an important contribution to the profession and provides invaluable learning opportunities and improvement in ones’ own advocacy skills.


An awards night to celebrate the significant pro bono contribution of Victorian Barristers and the announcement of the winners of the 2019 Pro Bono Awards for legal services benefitting our Australian community and legal system during 2017 an

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The Victorian Bar is proud of its long association with the Professional Standards Councils. The Bar’s current Professional Standards Scheme, which was approved by the Councils in 2014, will expire on 30 June 2019.


The Victorian Bar welcomes parliamentary debate on the Spent Convictions Bill introduced by Reason Party MP Fiona Patten.

All other Australian jurisdictions have laws that provide for the expungement of certain offences from an individual’s record where the individual has not re-offended.

In Brief

Bar Council Priorities for 2019 aka “What do my annual Bar subscription fees pay for?”

Bar Council met last Sunday for a strategy day to discuss and agree our priorities for the year. We have set ambitious goals for the coming months.

Key initiatives for the year, which sit apart from the day-to-day activities that Bar Council oversees, include (among others):


Family Court of Australia

On 8 February 2019, the Governor-General in Council appointed Her Honour Judge Jillian Elizabeth Williams, a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, to be a Judge of the Family Court of Australia, assigned to the Melbourne Registry.

The Profession will extend a Welcome in Court 4A on Level 4 of the Owen Dixon Commonwealth Law Courts Building, 305 William Street, Melbourne on:

Wednesday 27 February 2019 at 4:15 pm


Bar Roll no: 621

It is with deep regret that the Bar Council informs members of the death last Saturday 9 February 2019 of Barney Cooney. Barney was 84 (born 11 July 1934).

Requiem Mass will be celebrated at St Ignatius’ Catholic Church, 326 Church Street, Richmond on Friday 22 February 2019 at 1:30 pm.

In Brief

Royal Commission into the Management of Informants

There were further revelations this week in relation to Victoria Police’s use of informants, dating back to 1995, in circumstances involving grave duties of confidentiality by a barrister and, potentially, a number of other professionals. The Victorian Bar has no information to suggest that the other professionals are members of our Bar.


The Victorian Bar welcomes and supports the initiative of the Victorian Legal Services Board and the Victorian Legal Servic


Bar Roll Numbers: 1813 and 2208

It is with deep regret that the Bar Council informs members of the death last Saturday 2 February 2019 of John Goodman. John was 89 (born 22 July 1929).

His Funeral is at St Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 626 Pascoe Vale Road, Oak Park on Friday 8 February 2019 at 2:30 pm.


The Opening of the Legal Year 2019 services and event information is available here and on notice boards.

In Brief

Happy New (Legal) Year to all members! I hope that, as I did, you managed to get a break, recharge and reconnect with family and friends. I wish all members of the Victorian Bar the very best in professional success and personal satisfaction in 2019.