In Brief Issue #1147

Georgina Schoff KC

On Thursday evening, I was honoured to welcome the 47 March 2024 Readers who signed the Bar Roll at a Ceremony held in the Banco Court. On behalf of us all, I congratulated them on their decision to join our Bar and wished them well as they embark upon what I hope will be rewarding careers as independent members of counsel. I also thanked all those who have worked so tirelessly to deliver another successful Readers’ Course: our dedicated Education Team, in particular, Michelle James and Nikki Walker; our Readers’ Course Committee led by Anthony Strahan KC and Ben Ihle KC; and the members of our Bar and the judiciary who so generously give their time to instruct our readers. We are grateful to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court for allowing the Bar to use the Banco Court.

On Tuesday, Amanda Utt and I attended a meeting of the Victorian Legal Services Board (VLSB) to update its members about the work that the Bar has been doing to support the health and well-being of its members, the way they practise and access to justice. Much of this work is funded by the VLSB, including components of the Bar’s IT Redevelopment project, the cultural capability training currently being developed in collaboration with the VLSB, our wellbeing portal and ethics and legal practice support. 

The Changing Face of the Bar II

Next week, photographer Garth Oriander will establish a pop-up studio in the Peter O’Callaghan QC Gallery in Owen Dixon West to take photographic portraits of members for the Arts & Collections Committee’s ‘Changing Faces of the Bar II’ project. The theme is “Come as You Are.” I encourage all members to take part. The studio will be open until Thursday.

Sisu Health Assessment

If you have not already done so, you might consider undertaking a health assessment using the Sisu Health Station that has been set up in the entrance to Owen Dixon Chambers. It took me about five minutes and was quite fun. I am pleased to report that I have ‘optimal’ blood pressure. The Health Station is available for members throughout the whole month of May.

Indeed, why not get your health checked, have your photograph taken, and grab a coffee from the Essoign coffee cart (open until 11:00am each day) all at the same time.

Town hall meeting – Strategic Plan Working Group

The Strategic Plan Working Group is holding a town hall style meeting on Wednesday, 8 May, from 1:00-2:00pm in the Neil McPhee Room, Level 1, ODCE. The meeting is part of the consultation process being undertaken by the Working Group tasked with advising the Bar Council about the Bar’s strategic plan for 2024-2028. The Bar’s current strategic plan and several questions that might focus the discussion can be seen here.

Victorian Bar Dinner

This year's Victorian Bar Dinner is shaping up to be a great evening. Registrations closed last night, and there is currently a waiting list. The Vic Bar team is working hard to determine the final table numbers, and I will let you know if we have a spare seat.

Georgina Schoff KC

Vicbar News & Events
Welcome Ceremony — The Honourable Justice Rowena Orr

Supreme Court of Victoria
Court of Appeal

A welcome ceremony to mark the appointment of the Honourable Justice Rowena Orr as a Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria will be held in Banco Court, Supreme Court of Victoria, 210 William Street, Melbourne on:

Tuesday, 21 May 2024 at 9:15am

All counsel are encouraged to attend, robed.

Farewell — His Honour Magistrate John Hardy

Magistrates’ Court of Victoria

A ceremony to farewell his Honour Magistrate John Hardy will be held in Court 1 of the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court, 233 William Street, Melbourne on:

Monday, 27 May 2024 at 4:15pm

All counsel who are able to do so are asked to attend. The ceremony will also be livestreamed via Webex here.

Vale — Ian Michael Hayden

Bar Roll No. 708

It is with deep regret that the Bar informs members of the death of Ian Hayden.

Ian signed the Bar Roll on 19 November 1963 and read with the Honourable Norman O'Bryan QC. He was a member of the Victorian Bar for 55 years.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Ian's family and friends.

A full obituary will be published in the coming days.

Practising Certificate & Professional Indemnity Insurance Renewal – 2024/25

The LPLC portal went live in early April 2024 for LPLC Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) renewal. PII premiums are required to be paid by Friday, 31 May 2024, members are now encouraged to renew online on the LPLC website and the  LSB Online Portal to complete your PC renewal. Please note: You must complete both your PII insurance and your LSB Online application for your PC to renew and issue.

Information on renewing practising certificates can be found on the VicBar website here.

Links for online lodgement are available at LSB Online and for the LPLC.

Please log in to LSB Online and the LPLC renewal portal using your Practitioner Number as the username (your Practitioner Number will be included in the email sent to you by the VLSB+C). LSB Online deals with all PC administrative matters, and there is no printed PC renewal form. If you have forgotten your password, you can reset this on the LSB Online login screen by selecting ‘forgot password’. You will receive an email to reset your password.

If you experience technical difficulties with LSB Online, please contact the VLSB+C via their lawyer enquiry form. Frequently asked questions and LSB Online user guides can also be found here.

Should you require assistance renewing your PC, the Victorian Bar office can help you, and members who need assistance should email or contact Daphne Ioannidis on (03) 9225 8326 or Mark Bryant on (03) 9225 7105.

Notice of Town Hall Meeting — Victorian Bar Strategic Plan Working Group

Members of the Bar are invited to attend a “town hall” meeting and share with the Strategic Plan Working Group their thoughts and suggestions about the Victorian Bar Strategic Plan.    

The Bar’s current Strategic Plan 2020-24 will expire on 30 June 2024. In December 2023, the Bar Council established a Working Group to make recommendations to the Bar Council as to a Strategic Plan for 2024-2028.

The Working Group is reviewing the strategic objectives of the Bar and engaging in extensive stakeholder consultations. A list of core questions that the Working Group has asked stakeholders and which may assist those attending the town hall meeting is available here.


Philip Crutchfield KC (Chair), Rachel Doyle SC, Stuart Wood AM KC, David Hallowes SC, Sam Hay KC, Elizabeth Bennett SC, Nawaar Hassan, Katherine Brazenor, Georgie Coleman, Ffyona Livingstone Clark and Amanda Utt.


1:00 – 2:00pm, Wednesday, 8 May 2024


Neil McPhee Room, Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East, 205 William Street, Melbourne

Law Week 2024

The Diversity Internship: The Courts and the Victorian Bar – Tuesday, 21 May 2024

This panel will reflect on the inaugural diversity internship in 2023, which provided an invaluable opportunity for law students from diverse backgrounds to undertake a paid internship whilst being supervised by members of the Victorian Bar and the Judiciary. Meet our inaugural interns and hear about their experiences along with the judges who hosted them.

When: Tuesday, 21 May at 1:00pm (also available via livestream)

Where: Neil McPhee Room, Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East


  • The Honourable Justice Rofe (Federal Court of Australia)
  • The Honourable Justice Forbes (Supreme Court of Victoria); and
  • The Honourable Judge Karapanagiotidis (County Court of Victoria)
  • Ms Halima Weli (La Trobe University)
  • Ms Mursal Rezai (Swinburne University)
  • Ms Hanna Amin (Melbourne University)

Tea & Coffee will be available at the conclusion of the panel.

Cross-Examining a Barrister – Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Hosted by the Student Engagement Committee and Indigenous Justice Committee of the Victorian Bar, this event gives students the opportunity to have their questions on the path to becoming a barrister and what barristers do answered by a live panel of members of the Victorian Bar. It is an opportunity for students to discover the ethical considerations of being a barrister and gain insight into the profession’s nuances and responsibilities. Learn about the path to becoming a barrister, what a barrister does, and more.

The panel will take place at 1:00pm in the Neil McPhee Room, Owen Dixon Chambers East. To register, click here.

Lawyers on Film – Thursday, 23 May 2024

The Victorian Bar presents a Panel + Q & A session: “Lawyers on Film”. The panel comprises documentary film director Daryl Dellora and barrister John Ribbands. Daryl is the writer and director of law related documentaries including ‘Mr. Neal Is Entitled To Be An Agitator’, ‘The Highest Court’, ‘Michael Kirby - Don't Forget The Justice Bit’ and ’ The Search For The Palace Letters’. His work has given him unusual access to legal personalities and the courts, including the High Court of Australia. John Ribbands was counsel in the Brett Whiteley art fraud trial in the Victorian Supreme Court and is featured in the two-part documentary, The Whiteley Art Scandal.

The panel will take place at 5:30pm in the Peter O’Callaghan QC Gallery. To register, click here.

The Changing Face of the Bar II

It is five years since our hugely successful exhibition of barristers’ photo portraits, The Changing Face of the Bar c. 2018. The Art & Collections Committee is reprising the event and invites members to photographer, Garth Oriander’s pop-up studio in the Owen Dixon Chambers West foyer to have their portrait snapped. As per last time, the theme is “Come as You Are”.  So be inspired by the selection below and show up on May 6, 7, 8, and 9 (Monday through Thursday).

Student Engagement Committee's Shadowing Program

The Student Engagement Committee is looking for barristers interested in mentoring university students who would otherwise not have links to the Bar or may face barriers seeking a career at the Bar.

Students typically shadow barristers in court, during client conferences and the like, and often undertake research tasks, further engaging them in the day-to-day experience of barristers. Requiring a minimum 32-hour commitment across four weeks, students are mentored by barristers either individually, in partnership with another barrister or sometimes by a floor of barristers. It’s a very worthwhile project, and I recommend you get involved if you can. You can find an expression of interest form here.

We are also seeking barristers interested in mentors for the Diversity Internship, Indigenous Justice Committee clerkship program, and other similar programs. More information regarding the Diversity Internship can be found here, and the Indigenous Justice Committee clerkship program here

CommBar 2024 ICLC - Young CommBar Speaking Competition

For those under 6 years' call.

Come and support your colleagues as they put their quick thinking and humour to the test!

In the lead-up to the CommBar 2024 International Commercial Law Conference, to be held in London (and Oxford) from 1 and 3-4 July 2024, CommBar is hosting the ‘Young CommBar’ Speaking Competition on Thursday, 9 May 2024, at the Essoign Club. 

Our speakers will have seven to eight minutes to argue their case on a topic unveiled 72 hours beforehand, in a test of their quick thinking, skills of persuasion and wit!

The winner of the 2024 Young CommBar Competition will walk away with:
- Complimentary full registration to attend the London 2024 ICLC;
- Economy return air travel; 
- An opportunity to participate as a panellist in one of the ten conference sessions (to be arranged with the conference prior to the conference).

The competition will be followed by drinks and canapes with a DJ, so come along and join us for a night of laughs and a chance to network with your colleagues, solicitors and associates in a fun, social setting.

As a ‘Young Members’ event, this event is open to barristers of 6 years’ call and under.

Register ASAP to secure your place!

Thursday, 9 May 2024


The Essoign Club
Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East
205 William St, Melbourne

Click here to register.

Cultural Diversity in the Profession: Where to from here?

The Equality and Diversity Committee invites you to a panel discussion titled "Cultural Diversity in the Profession: Where to from here?" This insightful event aims to explore issues surrounding cultural diversity within the legal profession and chart a path forward toward greater inclusivity and representation.

Date: Thursday, 30 May
Time: 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Venue: Neil McPhee Room
Followed by: Drinks in the Essoign (Please note that drinks are not funded, attendees will be responsible for their own expenses. No canapés will be provided.)

We are honored to announce our distinguished panel members:

  • Justice Andrew Strum
  • Judge Sharon Burchell
  • Minal Vohra SC
  • John Heard
  • Zubin Menon (Moderator) Sheeana Dhanji (Co-Moderator)

Their collective expertise and perspectives promise to offer invaluable insights into the challenges and opportunities surrounding cultural diversity in our profession.

Please RSVP via the link here to confirm your attendance. 

Building and Construction Law Section Event – SOPA Update: Inconsistency with the ACL?

The Building and Construction Law section of CommBar invites you to join us for a discussion led by Nick Hopkins KC and Adam Rollnik on the topic of inconsistency between the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 and the Australian Consumer Law.

This event is part of a series of informal gatherings organised by the Building and Construction Law section. The purpose of these gatherings is to discuss recent developments in this area of the law and foster closer working relationships in an informal setting.


11th Floor, Owen Dixon Chambers West


Thursday, 16 May 2024 at 5:00pm

Refreshments will be served.

As space is limited and for catering purposes, if you wish to attend, please RSVP to Adam Rollnik at by Monday, 13 May 2024.

BCL Updates
  • Why Take Chambers with BCL? As a wholly owned subsidiary of the Victorian Bar, BCL provides a flexible and unique solution of chamber and technology support only available to members of the Bar. Click here to view our current vacancies.
Victorian Bar member CPD and events

The following are highlights of upcoming CPD and events for Victorian Bar members. You must be a member of the Victorian Bar and logged into the VicBar website to view these events.

  • Drug and Alcohol Treatment Court Pilot: Learnings and Reflections is on Monday, 6 May 2024, from 5:15pm to 6:30pm. The Criminal Bar Association is pleased to host DATC judicial officers, lawyers, and members of the treatment team to share learnings and reflections from the County Court of Victoria Drug and Alcohol pilot and assist members to better understand this unique sentencing option. This session is also open to criminal law solicitors. This is an in-person event and will also be available online via livestream. Click here to RSVP
  • Recent developments in common law personal injuries claims is on Tuesday, 7 May 2024 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. This CPD will provide practitioners an opportunity to hear from leading common law barristers about recent developments in personal injury claims. Richard Stanley SC will speak about recent developments in jury trials, in particular in the Work Cover jurisdiction. Fiona Spencer SC will speak about recent developments in medical panel judicial reviews. This is an in-person event and will also be available online via livestream. Click here to RSVP
  • Tax Bar Association Series - Singtel in the Full Court is on Monday, 13 May 2024, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. This CPD will be on the recent Full Federal Court decision in Singapore Telecom Australia Investments Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation [2024] FCAFC 29, a significant transfer pricing decision, with insights from Daniel McInerney KC and James Strong on the case and its consequences. This is an in-person event and will also be available online via livestream. Click here to RSVP
  • Selection Disputes in an Olympic Year is on Tuesday, 14 May 2024, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. In this CPD, a panel of distinguished practitioners will walk you through the ins and outs of how national sporting organisations select the athletes to represent Australia on the national stage. This is an in-person event only. Click here to RSVP
  • The Bar & Bench: Efficient management of intellectual property disputes is on Wednesday, 15 May 2024, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. The seminar comprises a panel discussion canvassing techniques for managing intellectual property cases before the Court. The panel will discuss recent trends, developments, and suggestions for the management of intellectual property matters before the Court. This is an in-person event only. Click here to RSVP

For more upcoming CPD events, please visit our listings here.

Vicbar Life
VicBar Choir

The VicBar Choir invites you to join its group.

Term 2 has commenced. All members of the Victorian Bar community are welcome, including staff of Bar and Clerks. 

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm, Tuesdays.

Dates: 16 April 2024

Location: Level 11 East

Cost: $25 a week x 11 = $275 or $30 per week casual. 2024 Readers free.

Click here for the flyer.

No obvious singing talent is required to join in Bar Choir, all are welcome to give it a try. For those who are hesitant, Choir leader Richard Lawton, who currently teaches voice training for the Bar Readers’ Course, can provide individual coaching useful for both singing and oral advocacy. 

For more information, contact the Bar office on 9225 7111 or

The Essoign Club

We are open daily from 7.30am – till late

Breakfast – for dine-in or takeaway.

Lunch – Daily Café Menu dine-in or takeaway.

Lunch Dine-In – A La Carte from midday.

Bar – EVERY EVENING   $5 Beer & Wine from 4.30pm – 5.30pm

Catering & Events – Special lunches, working lunches, private dinners, or something special you may have in mind. Email us at

Our new Catering & Events Package is available here

Member Benefits portal for Bar members

Victorian Bar members are encouraged to use the Member Benefits online portal, where you can access a wide variety of discounts, special offers, and member-only deals as part of your Bar membership.

The exclusive benefits are available Australia-wide and are not generally open to the public.

To activate your account and access the benefits, please click here. You must log in using your login details.

Click here for the monthly Best Buys!

Practice & Profession News
Practice and procedure update: Family Law Rules

The Court has released a new Practice and Procedure update.

The Family Law Rules have been amended by the passage of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Family Law) Amendment (2024 Measures No.1) Rules 2024 which, has been approved by a majority of Judges. The amendments take effect from 6 May 2024.

On 23 April, the Courts published a practice and procedure update in relation to forms. Minor corrections have been made to some forms, and two additional forms have been added to the update.

For more information about the Family Law Act Amendments, see here.

Bicentenary of the Supreme Court of NSW

The Supreme Court of New South Wales was founded on 17 May 1824, and to celebrate its bicentenary, the Court has published an illustrated history: Constant Guardian, Changing Times. On Wednesday, 3 April 2024, the Banco Court was filled to capacity as the Governor of NSW, her Excellency the Hon Margaret Beazley AC KC, Chief Justice Andrew Bell, and the former chief justice, the Hon J J Spigelman AC KC, officially launched the publication and opened the new Supreme Court Gallery. Speaking about the book, Mr Spigelman said:

The process of reading was a delight. The writing is clear, devoid of cliches and the array of photographs enlivens and adds depth to the text. It is a magnificent testament to the significance of the bicentenary of the Court… Despite my past immersion in these topics, reading this volume has been revelatory. I learned something new on virtually every page of the text. I congratulate and thank the authors of the respective chapters and, especially, the editors, Keith Mason and Larissa Reid who brought it all together.

Copies can be purchased online here for $75 plus $15 postage and handling.

Richard Griffith Library

Did you know that all Australian Authorised Reports are available on the three computers at the Richard Griffith Library?

Cases can be downloaded, emailed, or printed in court-ready format from Westlaw Australia, Lexis Advance, and the Victorian Reports.

Barristers have 24/7 access to the Richard Griffith Library.

Contact the Law Library Victoria if you would like to arrange an individual training session on law reports.

Profession CPD & Events
Trans-Tasman Bar Conference 2024: The Timeless Value of Wisdom and Insight

The Australian Bar Association and the New Zealand Bar Association | Ngā Ahorangi Motuhake o te Ture are delighted jointly to host the second Trans-Tasman conference in Tāhuna Queenstown.

We live in an age in which we are inundated with information but not necessarily insight or wisdom.  This year’s Trans-Tasman conference will focus on these timeless values.  Over two days, delegates will hear and can engage in robust discussion on some of the most pressing legal topics with leading judges, practitioners, and academics from around Australia and New Zealand. Sessions will cover climate change litigation, the judicial role in democracies, comparative approaches to indigenous issues, police and prosecutorial conduct, civil remedies, and more.

Starts - 9:00am Friday, 16 August 2024

Ends - 11:45pm Saturday, 17 August 2024

Location - Rydges Lakeland Resort - Queenstown

Tickets are limited, register now via the link here

Melbourne Law School — Upcoming Events

Melbourne Law School is pleased to present the following:

Jim Carlton Integrity Lecture 2024
‘The Urgency of Ethical Challenges Facing the World’
Presented by Professor Raimond Gaita

Introduction by The Hon. Barry Jones AC:
Raimond Gaita (1946- ) is an outstanding, but controversial, moral philosopher who agonises over the state of the world. Born in Germany, son of Romulus Gaita, a Romanian metal worker, and Christine Dorr, a German teacher, his family migrated to Australia in 1950, and he grew up in central Victoria. Educated in Ballarat and Melbourne, he held chairs in moral philosophy at the Australian Catholic University and King’s College, London. His memoir Romulus, My Father (1998) won many awards and became an internationally admired film in 2007. Justice and Hope (2023) is an important collection of his writings.

An English philosopher wrote of him:
“Those who are already familiar with Raimond Gaita’s work will not easily forget the seriousness with which he confronts his readers with stark examples of evil, and then with luminous examples of love and goodness – a confrontation that both elicits and challenges the real responses that give expression to our moral thinking, and a seriousness that exposes the shallowness of much moral theory and its remoteness from lived experience”

Prof. Gaita: The most important moral challenges facing humanity, I believe, are the climate crisis, war in which nuclear weapons may be used, and the increasing fragility of democratic forms of government. I wrote the following in the preface to Justice and Hope:
“We have now far more reason to fear for the world than we had when I expressed that fear almost twenty years ago in an essay “Justice and Hope”. That is why I have dedicated the book that carries the name of that essay to my grandchildren, which, implicitly, is to all young people”

Within the book, I wrote:
“More and more, I fear, knowledge of affliction and cruelty will test their understanding of what it means to share a common humanity with all the peoples of the earth, and to a degree almost too awful to imagine, their faith that the world is a good world despite the suffering and the evil in it. What can sustain that faith? I believe there are few questions more urgently in need of sober realism in their formulation and in the answers offered to them”

Those questions continue to haunt me. The epigraph of Justice and Hope (2023) is a quote from Albert Camus: “I chose justice to remain faithful to the world.”

In this lecture, I will try to explain why, of the many forms of justice, this is the deepest.

Date & time: Wednesday, 8 May 2024 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm.
Location: Theatre G08, Ground floor - Melbourne Law School
Information and registration: Please click here


Journal of Equity Conference (Equitable Property) 2024

Date: Thursday, 18 July 2024

Venue: Melbourne Law School, Level 10 (South Room, Woodard Conference Centre)

Click here for details on the program, speakers, and registration.

Sisters in Crime — 18th Law Week event

18th Law Week event: Postmortem: What bugs, bruises, blood, bones . . . and teeth tell us about suspicious deaths.

Friday, 24 May, 6:00pm for 6:30pm.

Hosted by Dr Liz Porter with Associate Professor Linda Illes (forensic pathologist), Dr Melanie Archer (forensic pathologist and forensic entomologist), Dr Lyndall Smythe, forensic odontologist, and Dr Sam Rowbotham (forensic anthropologist). Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University, Queen Street Campus, Heritage Courtyard Lecture Theatre, 295 Queen Street, Melbourne.

Info here.

Bookings here.

Info on Victorian Law Week here.

UNCCA May Seminar

UNCCA is pleased to announce that registration is now open for our 2024 May Seminar, to be held at Hall & Wilcox Melbourne on Friday, 10 May, with online dial-in also available.

Click here to view the flyer for more information and here to register.

Asia Pacific Coroners Society Conference 2024

Early Bird Conference Registrations for the Asia Pacific Coroners Society Conference 2024 are closing 5:00pm Friday, 10 May AEST.  

This is your final opportunity to take advantage of discounted rates and secure your spot at this year’s conference in Uluru.

The Asia Pacific Coroners Society Conference 2024 promises to be an invaluable opportunity for networking, professional development, and the exchange of ideas with fellow professionals in the field. 

Register here.

Exploring International Law: Insights with Dr Felicity Gerry KC — 14 May 2024, 5:30pm

Victorian Bar members are welcome to join the Victorian chapter of the International Law Association for a seminar hosting Dr Felicity Gerry KC. Dr Gerry KC will speak about her extensive experience in international law, followed by a Q&A and refreshments. For more information and registration, click here.

Upcoming Conference: Enhancing Safe Practice: A National Judicial Conference on Sexual Assault

On behalf of the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration, I am pleased to present the programme for the upcoming conference in Sydney, Enhancing Safe Practice: A National Judicial Conference on Sexual Assault.

Date: 2-4 August 2024

Venue: Banco Court, Supreme Court of New South Wales, Queens Square, 184 Phillip St, Sydney NSW 

Registration here.


Careers & Opportunities
Expressions of Interest — Judicial Registrar — Common Law Division

The Chief Judge of the County Court of Victoria seeks expressions of interest from qualified persons for appointment as a Judicial Registrar of the County Court.

Judicial Registrars are members of the Court, appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Attorney-General, who exercise delegated judicial functions. All expressions of interest are treated confidentially. The position is located in Melbourne.

The Judicial Registrar will be assigned to the Court’s Common Law Division.

The Common Law Division has a broad jurisdiction that includes workplace, transport accident, and medical negligence claims and claims by a beneficiary under a will. There are ten Lists in the Division, each with its own judge in charge. The Lists include Defamation, Medical, General and Serious Injury and Appeals and Post Sentence Applications (APSA).

The Judicial Registrar position will involve the following:

  • Presiding over interlocutory applications, directions hearings, objections, and summons in the General List and other Lists within the Common Law Division as required.
  • Presiding over mediations and judicial settlement conferences.
  • Presiding over directions hearings in the APSA List.

The position requires a legally qualified (admitted for not less than five years), highly motivated with extensive experience in the practice of civil litigation, as well as an in-depth demonstrated understanding of court processes and procedures. It also requires superior communication skills and an ability to make timely decisions according to law. Experience and expertise in conducting mediations is highly desirable.

The Judicial Registrar will work closely with the Head of the Common Law Division and those Judges in Charge of a List. Regard should be had to the provisions of Part 1 Division 3B of the County Court Act 1958 and the County Court (Chapter 1 Judicial Registrars Amendment) Rules 2015.

Expressions of interest, marked ‘Private and Confidential’, which include a resume as well as details of appropriate professional and personal referees, may be emailed to: Associate to Judge Pillay, Head of the Common Law Division

All expressions of interest must be received by 5 May 2024.

Parliament of Victoria (Department of Legislative Assembly): Job Opportunity

Work type: Ongoing - full time
Location: Parliament House on Spring Street, East Melbourne
Salary range (PoV Grade 5.2): $117,718 - $128,897 plus 11% Superannuation

The Legislative Assembly part of Parliament of Victoria is advertising for a Senior Research Officer in the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee (SARC) on an ongoing full-time basis. Applications close on Sunday, 12 May 2024.

As Senior Research Officer within the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee (SARC), you will assess every regulation and legislative instrument tabled in the Parliament against a variety of legal criteria in the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994 to determine whether there has been compliance with that Act.

As an expert in your field, you will provide high-level authoritative legal written and verbal advice in respect of the scrutiny of regulations, legislative instruments and human rights pursuant to the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994 and will prepare the annual review detailing these activities.


  • Provide high-level authoritative legal written and verbal advice to the Subcommittee in respect of the scrutiny of regulations, legislative instruments and human rights pursuant to the requirements of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994.
  • Assess every regulation and legislative instrument tabled in the Parliament against a variety of legal criteria in the Act to determine whether there has been compliance with it.
  • Coordination of meetings of the Subcommittee, including liaison with Subcommittee Chair members, preparation and distribution of meeting papers
  • Prepare draft discussion papers, briefs, and reports in accordance with the Subcommittee’s decisions and instructions.
  • Prepare high-level correspondence and briefs for the Executive Officer and Committee and Subcommittee Chair as required.
  • Assist with the scrutiny of bills for the Executive Officer and Committee as directed.


  • Tertiary qualified in law or have significant relevant experience in this area
  • Demonstrated experience in interpreting and analysing legislation
  • Knowledge of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994 and Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 is helpful
  • Successful candidates will be required to provide evidence for sighting of their COVID-19 vaccination status or medical exemption prior to commencing employment.

For further information about the role, including the position description and how to apply, please click here.

Australian Academy of Law - Annual Essay Prize 2024

The Australian Academy of Law is pleased to announce its Annual Essay Prize 2024.  

Click here for the notice, and for more information, visit the AAL website page.

Head clerk: 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers

12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers is one of the leading sets of barristers’ chambers in New South Wales, with over 55 members, including 12 Senior Counsel. Its barristers practise nationally and internationally in a broad range of areas and jurisdictions. For further information, see

Click here for more information on the position.

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