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2Apr
News

Victorian Bar members can find information on our response to COVID-19 on this link.

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13Jul
News

Melbourne, 13 July 2020: The Law Institute of Victoria and the Victorian Bar welcome the Victorian Government’s announcement of a review of sexual harassment prevention, support, enforcement and education in the state’s courts and tribunal and across the profession.

In a joint statement today, the President of the Victorian Bar, Wendy Harris QC, and the President of the Law Institute of Victoria, Sam Pandya, expressed their support of the Government’s initiative and confidence that the review, to be headed by Dr Helen Szoke AO, would provide the opportunity for real change in the culture and practices across the legal sector.

10Jul
News

On Tuesday 7 July 2020, the President of the Children’s Court, her Honour Judge Amanda Chambers was In Conversation with Melissa Stead, Chair of the Children’s Court Bar Association. Judge Chambers spoke of some difficult decisions the Court needed to take to safeguard the community during COVID while maintaining the ability to step in and protect children in need.

8Jul
News

In a joint statement, the Heads of Jurisdiction of Australia’s courts and tribunals committed to making sure that our courts and tribunals are safe and respectful workplaces. You can read the statement here.

29Jun
News

Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia

The Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia have announced the appointment of:

Mr Rohan Hoult

as Senior Registrar, based in the Melbourne registry.

The appointment is effective from 13 July 2020.

29Jun
News

In a joint statement, the Heads of Jurisdiction of Victoria’s courts and tribunal committed to making sure that our courts and tribunal are safe, healthy and respectful workplaces. You can read the statement here.

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
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)