Opening of the Legal Year 2021


The following services for the 2021 Opening of the Legal Year will be taking place:

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

  • Synagogue Service

9:00am at the East Melbourne Hebrew Congregation, 488 Albert Street, East Melbourne, followed by morning tea. To be confirmed subject to Covid restrictions. Judges and counsel are asked to robe (but not wig).

  • Eastern Orthodox Service

9:00am at St Eustathios Greek Orthodox Church, 221 Dorcas Street, South Melbourne. A collaborative service involving the Greek, Antiochian, Russian, Serbian and Romanian Orthodox Churches followed by morning tea with His Grace Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis and Father Evmenios Vasilopoulos, Archiepiscopal Vicars. Judges and counsel robe and medals are worn. Assemble at 8.45am for the procession. For more details, click here.

  • Red Mass

9:00am at St Patrick’s Cathedral, East Melbourne. Subject to Covid-19 restrictions, His Grace, Archbishop Peter Comensoli will host morning tea after the mass in the presbytery grounds adjacent to the cathedral. RSVP to or 9602 5440 for the morning tea. Judges and counsel robe and medals are worn.

  • Ecumenical service

9:30am at St Paul’s Cathedral, Flinders St Melbourne, conducted by the Dean of Melbourne, the Very Reverend Dr Andreas Loewe. Members of all faith groups and others are welcome. Assemble prior to the service for the procession. Subject to Covid-19 restrictions. RSVPs to and counsel robe and medals are worn.

Thursday, 28 January 2021

  • Geelong Community Opening of the Legal Year

9:00am online and will be hosted by the Honourable Justice Michelle Quigley. Please click here for more information.

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

  • Virtual Legal Laneway Breakfast 2021

8:00am online and is open to all members of the legal community. For the first time ever the Legal Laneway Breakfast will be held online, moving from Hardware Lane to Zoom. For more details, click here.

Media Enquiries: 

Elizabeth Gray on +61 401 561 554 or by email to