News & Events


The Victorian Bar invites you to the launch of the second edition of the Good Conduct Guide.


In 2018, the Bar conducted a 'listening tour' of General Counsel to further understand the decline in market share of the Commercial Bar.

Latest News & Events

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A memorable Bar Dinner

My inbox has been full all week of rave reviews about the annual Bar Dinner held last Friday, tempered by a couple of “constructive suggestions” for next year—the opposite of the usual response to any major Bar event.

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Election results

In the only election that anyone has been following this week, congratulations go to Dr Suzanne McNicol QC, who was elected by our members, from a Melbourne Cup size field, to fill a casual vacancy in the senior category on Bar Council.  The result was declared at our Bar Council meeting last night, after which Sue was warmly welcomed to her first meeting.

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Proposed reforms to the Constitution of the Victorian bar

At a special meeting this week, Bar Council resolved to convene a Special General Meeting of the Victorian Bar at 5pm on Wednesday 12 June 2019 at which proposed amendments to the Constitution of the Victorian Bar will be put for the consideration of members.

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Welcome to our newest 48 members!

Last night, the family and friends of our newest 48 members gathered to witness the March 2019 readers sign the Bar Roll in a ceremony held in the Banco Court.

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Call for Nominations - Bar Council By-Election

There is a vacancy on Bar Council due to the recent appointment of the Hon Justice Jacinta Forbes to the Supreme Court of Victoria.

On Monday, there will be a formal call for nominations from members in ‘Category A’, comprising silks or junior counsel of not less than fifteen years’ standing.

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Four new judicial appointments

Congratulations to four of our members who were appointed to judicial office this week:

Jacinta Forbes QC was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court.

George Georgiou SC was appointed as a judge of the County Court.

Liz Brimer QC was appointed to the County Court.

Shiva Pillai was appointed to the Magistrates’ Court.

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New Coroners Court Pro Bono Scheme

The Victorian Bar and the Coroners Court have worked together over recent months to create a pilot of a new pro bono scheme, which will commence in the coming weeks, ahead of a formal launch in June. A copy of the agreement between the Court and the Bar is available here.

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Vale the Hon John (Jack) Winneke AC RFD QC

Australia, and our Bar, is much the poorer for the passing of the Hon John (Jack) Winneke AC RFD QC, who died yesterday morning. Jack was 81 (born 19 March 1938).

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New Gallery, New Portraits

Last night, the Chief Justice of Australia, the Hon Susan Kiefel AC, opened the extension to the Peter O’Callaghan QC Gallery and new exhibition spaces on the ground floor of Owen Dixon Chambers.

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Grand re-opening of the expanded Peter O’Callaghan QC Gallery & a hoard of new portraits

The highlight of next week is sure to be the opening by Kiefel CJ of the extension to the Peter O’Callaghan QC Gallery.

Thank you for your forbearance during the construction process which has disrupted the foyer to Owen Dixon Chambers since January. The finished product is going to be very impressive, and a space of which we can be proud, with greatly improved exhibition spaces.