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Early-bird tickets are now on sale for the Hong Kong 2018 ICLC conference to be held on Friday the 21st and Saturday the 22nd of September in Hong Kong.

Click here for further conference information and to register.


Family Law: Realities, Expectations and Hope

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: The Honourable John Pascoe AC CVO | Chief Justice of the Family Court (AUSTRALIA)

Latest News & Events

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Vale Brian Collis QC and Brian Bourke AM

The Bar lost two legends this week—Brian Bourke AM and Brian Collis QC.


The Victorian Bar does not believe that reducing judicial discretion represents a principled response to community concerns about attacks on emergency services workers. 


Magistrates' Court of Victoria

On Tuesday 15 May 2018, the Governor in Council appointed Tara Kerrena Hartnett and Mike Wardell as Magistrates.

They were sworn-in privately by Chief Justice Ferguson on Wednesday 16 May 2018 and are assigned initially to the Magistrates’ Court at Melbourne.

Details of their Ceremonial Sitting Welcomes are to be advised.


Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria

The Governor in Council has today appointed Kevin Joseph Aloysius Lyons QC a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

The Profession will extend a Welcome at a ceremonial sitting of the Supreme Court in the Banco Court of the Supreme Court, 210 William Street, Melbourne on:

Wednesday 30 May 2018 at 9:15 am

All counsel who are able to do so are asked to attend, robed (wigs are not worn in the Supreme Court).

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Annual Bar Dinner - last chance to secure a ticket

Next Friday we have the annual Victorian Bar Dinner at the Plaza Ballroom. Our guest of honour is the Chief Justice of the High Court, the Hon Susan Kiefel AC. Anne Hassan will be speaking on behalf of the Bar. We will be welcoming a long list of honoured guests, including the State and Commonwealth Attorneys-General and Shadow Attorneys; The Hon Martin Pakula MP and John Pesutto MP; and the Hon Christian Porter MP and the Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP. It promises, as always, to be a great night.

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It was a fine week for welcomes and farewells. Transcripts are available of my speeches on behalf of the Bar for the welcome of Justice Melinda Richards and the farewell to Justice Peter Vickery, and of Paul Holdenson QC’s outstanding speech at the farewell to Justice Mark Weinberg AO.  All speeches are also able to be video-streamed from the Supreme Court website. If you weren’t there, don’t miss out on viewing Paul Holdenson’s remarkable tribute to Justice Weinberg, or Justice Weinberg’s response.


Judge of the County Court of Victoria

The Governor in Council today appointed Amanda (Mandy) Claire Fox QC a Judge of the County Court of Victoria.

The profession will extend a Welcome in the Ceremonial Courtroom, Court 3-3 of the County Court of Victoria, 250 William Street Melbourne on:

Thursday 17 May 2018 at 9:15 am

All counsel who are able to do so are asked to attend, robed (without wigs).


In Brief

Increased funding for the justice system in the State budget

On Tuesday, the State government announced a $257.4 million funding boost to the Victorian justice system. $128.9 million will be deployed to appoint a new Supreme Court judge, two new County Court judges and 18 new magistrates. $37.3 million will go to Victoria Legal Aid over four years. $21.8 million has been allocated to the Office of Public Prosecutions. The remaining funds will be used for a range of other purposes, including the Victims Assistance program, the intermediary scheme that provides assistance to children and vulnerable people when providing evidence, the Office of the Public Advocate, the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and Court Services Victoria.


The Victorian Bar welcomes the Victorian Government's $257.4 million funding boost to the justice system, announced in today's State budget.


The latest news from the Victoria Law Foundation can be read here