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16Jun
News

On 10 June 2020, the Victorian Bar launched a new online pro bono platform through which the Supreme, County and Coroners Courts of Victoria are able to make pro bono referrals to barristers. The pro bono platform will enhance the arrangements between the Courts and Bar by facilitating targeted requests from the Courts for barristers to provide pro bono assistance to parties in civil or criminal matters in the interests of the administration of justice. The platform also enables barristers to administer and manage their pro bono matters in one hub. The platform is the next evolution in the Bar’s long and proud history of pro bono work.

12Jun
In Brief

The difference we can all make

Making a difference does not always mean undertaking grand gestures. Often, people make a difference to others through simple deeds that provide relief and hope. In Australia, there are many people in need of help – those disadvantaged because of poverty, social isolation, low literacy levels or discrimination. These factors often result in people being unable to exercise their fundamental human rights, including access to justice.

12Jun
News

In the latest “In Conversation” webinar on Wednesday 10 June 2020, Her Honour Judge Lisa Hannan, Chief Magistrate of Victoria, and Daniel Gurvich QC, Barrister and Chair of the Criminal Bar Association, talked about how the Magistrates’ Court is tackling the impact of COVID-19. When the pandemic struck, Her Honour’s key priority was to ensure the Court would not cease operations. Therefore, the Court relisted some 60,000 cases. The Chief Magistrate acknowledged the cooperation and flexibility of members of the Bar, solicitors and members of the Law Institute of Victoria, staff at Court Services Victoria, Victoria Legal Aid, the Victoria Police and prosecutors.

10Jun
News

Bar Roll No: 795

It is with deep regret that the Bar Council informs members of the death of Richard J Stanley QC on 7 June 2020 at the age of 78 years.

10Jun
News

The Governor in Council has made the following appointments:

County Court
Her Honour Judge Sarah Leighfield
His Honour Judge David Purcell

Fiona Todd, who will commence as Her Honour Judge Todd on 13 July 2020
Judicial Registrar My Anh Tran, who will commence as Her Honour Judge Tran on 9 October 2020

Coroners Court
Coroner John Olle (re-appointment)

9Jun
News

Order of Australia

The Bar congratulates the following members of our Bar who received awards in the Order of Australia:

5Jun
In Brief

What success looks like

No doubt, you have all heard of the iceberg illusion. Icebergs can appear smaller than their actual size because they have two parts: the top is visible above the ocean’s surface with the larger part hidden below. The iceberg illusion is also commonly used as a metaphor to describe the real nature of success. An achievement is visible to all, but the successful outcome masks the real work behind the scenes – the planning, hard work, dedication and perseverance it took to get there. In other words, we see a degree, but not the countless assignments; we see the gold medal, but not the hours of training; we see the court win, but not the late nights preparing and crafting strong legal arguments.

5Jun
News

The new scheme allows for fast-track appointment of mediators and clear protocols about how mediations should be run

The Victorian Bar has launched a new Expedited Mediation Scheme with the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia to assist individuals and their lawyers find appropriate, nationally accredited mediators to help resolve their dispute out of court.

5Jun
News

Congratulations to Daye Gang, winner of the Barrister category in the 2020 Lawyer’s Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards.

In an interview with the Victorian Bar following her win, Daye expressed gratitude for the support she received from family and several remarkable mentors within the legal profession, especially during her time as a Judge’s Associate and Barrister at the Victorian Bar.

5Jun
News

In the fifth of the Victorian Bar’s “In Conversation” webinar series, Barrister and Bar Council member Emily Porter and the Honourable Justice Michelle Quigley QC, President of VCAT, discuss how the Tribunal has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, including how cases are triaged to ensure the proper administration of justice. Thanks to Nicholas Andreou, Barrister, for moderating questions.