The Hon Chris Maxwell AC, President of the Victorian Court of Appeal, has announced that he will retire from the Court on Friday, 15 July 2022. President Maxwell has served the Court with distinction for 17 years since his appointment in 2005 and on behalf of the Bar I extend best wishes to him for the future. Details of any farewell ceremony will be published when known.
The Australian Bar Association conference Re-Emerge kicked off on Thursday. The Conference runs for three days, with a full array of excellent speakers and many opportunities for barristers and judges from across Australia to mingle at the social events in particular the Welcome Cocktail event at the Old Melbourne Gaol followed by sectional dinners hosted by VicBar and a number of Bar Associations on Thursday evening and tonight’s Gala Dinner at the W Hotel. Dr Matt Collins AM QC, Paul Hayes QC, Sam Hay QC and Raini Zambelli are to be congratulated on their hard work and commitment in the organisation of the conference.
The Victorian Government issued new public health orders which are now in force. A separate notice to members about the orders will be issued early next week. The Supreme Court of Victoria has issued an operational update. Please see details here.
On Thursday, I delivered a Welcome on behalf of the profession to Judge Stewart Bayles and it was great to see so many members attending to wish His Honour well.
On Friday, Darryl Burnett Vice President attended the Welcome of Magistrate Ong.
Members may wish to attend the welcome ceremonies next week for the Hon. Justice Helen Rofe, the Hon. Justice Kristen Walker, Judge Nola Karapanagiotidis and Magistrates Cecily Hollingworth and Cynthia Lynch. Please see details below.
Róisín Annesley QC