From the President

Welcome to the Victorian Bar website.

Members of the Bar have a proud tradition of providing strong and independent legal representation and advice without fear or favour to all in the community. We see this as indispensable to the rule of law and to the continuation of our democratic society.

You will find below copies of material I have released on behalf of the Victorian Bar. We hope you find this to be helpful and informative. If you would like to contact me please do so at

Jennifer Batrouney QC
Victorian Bar

Opening of the Legal Year 2017

[16 Dec 2016]

A summary of the Opening of the Legal Year events appears below. Members are encouraged to support these various observances.

Monday 16 January 2017 in Geelong
Ecumenical Service at 8:30 am followed by a ceremonial sitting of the Supreme Court at the Geelong Law Courts.

Sunday 29 January 2017 in Melbourne
Festive Choral Evensong 6 pm at St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, preceded by a Champagne Afternoon Tea in the Barbara Darling Room at 4:30pm.  

Monday 30 January 2017 in Melbourne
Multi-Faith - Government House at 10 am with morning tea to follow hosted by The Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria.

Red Mass - St Patrick’s Cathedral at 9 am followed by morning tea with His Grace Archbishop Hart.

International Commission of Jurists Community Opening - Waldron Hall in the County Court of Victoria at 9 am for 9:30am start with morning tea at 10:30 am.

Tuesday 31 January 2017 in Melbourne
Eastern Orthodox Service - St Eustathios Greek Orthodox Church at 9 am.

Synagogue Service - The East Melbourne Synagogue (The East Melbourne Hebrew Congreation) at 9am - procession assembles at 8:45am; followed by morning tea with Their Graces Bishop Ezekiel and Bishop lakovos. 

Wednesday 1 February 2017 in Melbourne
Victoria Law Foundation Legal Laneway Breakfast to be held in Hardware Lane at 8 am.

RSVP is essential for most services. Click here for full details and to register.

Ceremonial Sittings for New Silks 2016

[24 Nov 2016]

Ceremonial Sittings to receive the announcements of the appointment of Senior Counsel in and for the state of Victoria will be held on Friday 2 December 2016.

  • Supreme Court of Victoria - 9.15am. A Full Court of the Supreme Court of Victoria will sit in the Banco Court, 210 William Street, Melbourne at 9.15am. The ceremonial sitting will be followed by morning tea in the Supreme Court Library.
  • Federal Court of Australia - 10.30am. A Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia will sit in Court 1, Level 8 of the Owen Dixon Commonwealth Law Courts Building, 305 William Street, Melbourne at 10.30am.
  • Family Court of Australia - 10.45am. A Full Court of the Family Court of Australia will sit in Court 4A, Level 4 of the Owen Dixon Commonwealth Law Courts Building, 305 William Street, Melbourne at 10.45am
All counsel who are able to do so are encouraged to attend, robed (without wigs), in honour of the new Silks. Click here for full details.

Appointment of Senior Counsel

[22 Nov 2016]

The Honourable Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC has advised that she today appointed the following as Senior Counsel in and for the State of Victoria:

Michael Patrick Cahill
Rozeta Stoikovska
Timothy John Seccull
David Chaworth Hallowes
John Richard Kelly
Julie Condon
Penelope Anna Neskovcin
Amanda Claire Fox
Daniel Irving Star
Timothy James McEvoy
Paul Xavier Connor
Jonathan Lewis Evans
Hamish Nicholas Gareth Austin
Tom Davidson Cordiner
Andrew Thomas Broadfoot
Theodoros Kassimatis
Daniel Joseph Crennan
Michael Isaac Borsky