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27Aug
In Brief

A paralegal/law student working with one of our members has started an initiative to help raise awareness and money for Afghanistan's humanitarian crisis. Titled "Camp 4 Afghanistan", the idea is to camp out at home and help raise money. Information can be found here. Please consider supporting this worthwhile project.

20Aug
In Brief

Yesterday saw the commencement of the September 2021 Readers’ Course. Our congratulations to all the new Readers for having the foresight to want to become barristers! Our commiserations go to them for having to start the course online, but as I indicated in my welcome to them, the Bar’s staff has become adept at dealing with the vagaries of lockdowns – the intention is for the course to revert to a face-to-face format as soon as possible.

13Aug
In Brief

Another lockdown has just been extended for at least another week. If nothing else, it demonstrates how adept the courts have become at dealing with such upheavals when they occur. Cases that can be accommodated are in an unfortunately practised routine. However, there are always cases that cannot proceed and access to justice suffers.

10Aug
News

County Court of Victoria

The Governor in Council has today appointed the following as judges of the County Court of Victoria:

His Honour Judge Stewart Bayles

Her Honour Judge Kellie Blair

Her Honour Judge Nola Karapanagiotidis

His Honour Judge Daniel Holding

Her Honour Judge Angela Ellis

6Aug
In Brief

On Wednesday evening, the Victorian Bar Inc. held a Special General Meeting in the Neil McPhee room to propose a number of amendments to the Constitution. The first amendment provided that a member who ceases to be an Australian lawyer may be removed from the Victorian Bar Roll, in line with Recommendation 2 of the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants.

30Jul
In Brief

Last night the Victorian Bar and the Tax Bar Association, in conjunction with the Australian Bar Association, held a CPD webinar on taxation treaties and domestic law. Why am I mentioning a CPD that’s already taken place? The session was chaired by the Right Honourable Lord Hodge of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and the Bar’s office facilitated the entire exercise nationally and internationally. It is hoped this will encourage future international sessions of this kind — my congratulations to all involved, but particularly our office, which can claim much of the credit.

30Jul
News

Judge Advocate General of the Australian Defence Force

The Governor in Council has appointed Rear Admiral the Honourable Jack Rush RFD QC RAN as the next Judge Advocate General of the Australian Defence Force. The appointment is effective today.

Details of a ceremonial sitting will be made available via In Brief.

30Jul
News

Rear Admiral the Honourable Jack Rush RFD QC RAN has been appointed Judge Advocate General of the Australian Defence Force.

One of the most prominent lawyers in Australia, the Judge Advocate General, is a former Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria and Chairman of the Victorian Bar Council.