Vale – Jillian Crowe


Bar Roll No: 1786

It is with regret that the Bar Council informs members of the death of Jillian Crowe who passed away on 4 October after a long illness. Jillian was 68.

Jillian was educated at the Sacred Heart Girls College and obtained her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne.

Jillian was admitted to practise law in 1975, completing the Leo Cussen Practical Training Course in substitute for articles. Jillian began her legal career in the Criminal Law branch of the Victorian Crown Solicitor’s office, now known as the Office of Public Prosecutions.

Jillian came to the Bar in 1983, reading with the His Honour Michael Rozenes AO QC, and established a general criminal law practice, appearing in trials, pleas and appeals. She was a member of the Criminal Bar Association.

In February 1988, Jillian was appointed a Magistrate of the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria, one of only six women Victorian Magistrates at the time. Jillian served on the bench for 30 years, retiring in February 2018.  She was described as an “ideal Magistrate” with a passion and love of the law.

Jillian is survived by her husband, Peter and daughters, Vivienne and Veronica and granddaughter, Zoe.

Deepest sympathies are extended to Jillian’s family.

Details of Jillian’s funeral service will be advised when they are available.

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