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.
Revocation of complaint investigation delegations to the Victorian Bar
On 6 April 2021, the Victorian Legal Services Commissioner, Fiona McLeay, wrote to me confirming that she intended to withdraw the delegation pursuant to which the Bar investigates complaints against barristers and that the delegation would cease on 30 June 2021.
The effect of this change will be that any complaints against barristers will be investigated and dealt with directly by the Legal Services Board rather than the Bar.
The Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants (RCMPI) released 111 recommendations on 30 November 2020. Recommendation 88 was as follows –
“That the Victorian Legal Services Commissioner within 12 months revokes the Instrument of Delegation conferred on the Victorian Bar for receiving and handling complaints regarding barristers and resumes that function.”
It is important to note that no one submitted that the RCMPI should make that or any similar recommendation. Clearly, none of the difficulties the subject of the RCMPI arose as a result of the Bar investigating complaints against barristers.
The then-Attorney-General subsequently announced that the government would implement all recommendations of the RCMPI.
Christopher Blanden QC