Past Chairman - Peter Riordan SC

Welcome - His Honour Judge Mark Taft to the County Court of Victoria

[13 Oct 2008]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, Vice-Chairman of the Victorian Bar Council John Digby QC welcomed His Honour Judge Mark Taft to the County Court of Victoria.

Welcome - Federal Magistrate Evelyn Bender

[9 Oct 2008]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, the Chairman Peter Riordan S.C. welcomed the appointment of Evelyn Bender as a Federal Magistrate of the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia.

Welcome - The Honourable Justice David Beach to the Supreme Court of Victoria

[9 Sep 2008]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, the Chairman Peter Riordan S.C. welcomed The Honourable Justice David Beach to the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Farewell - The Honourable Justice Heather Carter from the Family Court of Australia

[18 Jul 2008]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, Vice-Chairman of the Victorian Bar Council Michael Colbran QC farewelled The Honourable Justice Heather Carter from the Family Court of Australia.

Welcome - Her Honour Judge Christine Thornton to the County Court of Victoria

[15 Jul 2008]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, Vice-Chairman of the Victorian Bar Council Michael Colbran QC welcomed Her Honour Judge Christine Thornton to the County Court of Victoria.

Welcome - His Honour Judge Frank Gucciardo to the County Court of Victoria

[6 Jun 2008]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, Vice-Chairman of the Victorian Bar Council John Digby QC welcomed His Honour Judge Frank Gucciardo to the County Court of Victoria.

Welcome – His Honour Judge Paul Lacava S.C. to the County Court of Victoria

[5 Jun 2008]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, the Chairman Peter Riordan S.C. welcomed His Honour Judge Paul Lacava S.C. to the County Court of Victoria.

Welcome - The Honourable Justice Peter Vickery to the Supreme Court of Victoria

[28 May 2008]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, the Chairman Peter Riordan S.C. welcomed The Honourable Justice Peter Vickery to the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Acting Judge Barbara Cotterell Welcome - Information for members of the Bar

[23 May 2008]

The Bar Council considered this matter in Special Meeting on Monday 19 May 2008 and affirmed the positions taken publicly by me as Chairman.

Welcome - The Honourable Justice Emilios Kyrou to the Supreme Court of Victoria

[22 May 2008]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, the Chairman Peter Riordan S.C. welcomed The Honourable Justice Emilios Kyrou to the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Acting Judges

[16 May 2008]

The Chairman of the Bar Council, Mr Peter Riordan SC, said today in a media release that Her Honour Magistrate Cotterell should be appointed as a judge of the County Court and not as an acting judge.  "The appointment of an acting judge to the County Court threatens the independence of the judiciary in the State of Victoria."

Farewell - The Honourable Justice Paul Guest from the Family Court of Australia

[5 May 2008]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, the Senior Vice-Chairman of the Bar Council Paul Lacava S.C. farewelled The Honourable Justice Paul Guest from the Family Court of Australia.

Welcome - Her Honour Judge Jane Patrick to the County Court of Victoria

[2 May 2008]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, the Chairman Peter Riordan S.C. welcomed Her Honour Judge Jane Patrick to the County Court of Victoria.

Welcome - His Honour Judge Peter Wischusen to the County Court of Victoria

[1 May 2008]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, the Chairman Peter Riordan S.C. welcomed His Honour Judge Peter Wischusen to the County Court of Victoria.

Farewell - His Honour Judge Michael Strong from the County Court of Victoria

[30 Apr 2008]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, the Chairman Peter Riordan S.C. farewelled His Honour Judge Michael Strong from the County Court of Victoria.

Farewell - The Honourable Justice John Coldrey from the Supreme Court of Victoria

[14 Apr 2008]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, the Chairman Peter Riordan S.C. farewelled the Honourable Justice John Coldrey from the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Notice from the Chairman: Applications for Silk

[8 Apr 2008]

The Chief Justice has advised that applications for appointment as Senior Counsel for 2008 are likely to be called for on about 30/6/08 and close on 22/8/08.
As announced on 25/10/07, the Chief Justice is available to consult with the Chairman of the Bar Council to provide assistance with respect to applications for the appointment of the Senior Counsel. 
If any applicant for silk would like me to consult with the Chief Justice with respect to his or her application, please notify me on ph. 9225 7162 or by email

Welcome - The Honourable Justice James Judd to the Supreme Court of Victoria

[13 Mar 2008]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, the Chairman Peter Riordan S.C. welcomed The Honourable Justice James Judd to the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Farewell - The Honourable Justice Alex Chernov AO from the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria

[29 Feb 2008]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, the Chairman Peter Riordan S.C. farewelled The Honourable Justice Alex Chernov AO from the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Farewell - The Honourable Justice Joseph Kay from the Family Court of Australia

[21 Feb 2008]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, the Chairman Peter Riordan S.C. farewelled The Honourable Justice Joseph Kay from the Family Court of Australia.

Farewell - The Honourable Justice Bernard Teague from the Supreme Court of Victoria

[15 Feb 2008]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, the Chairman Peter Riordan S.C. farewelled The Honourable Justice Teague from the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Victorian Bar Reconciliation Action Plan Launch

[30 Jan 2008]

See below for photos from the event. Hover over the thumbnails for a larger image.
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Welcome - Her Honour Judge Katherine Bourke to the County Court of Victoria

[20 Dec 2007]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, the Chairman Peter Riordan S.C. welcomed Her Honour Judge Bourke to the County Court of Victoria.

Welcome - His Honour Judge Misso to the County Court of Victoria

[18 Dec 2007]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, the Chairman Peter Riordan S.C. welcomed His Honour Judge Misso to the County Court of Victoria.

Launch of the Duty Barristers Scheme

[19 Nov 2007]

Remarks by Peter Riordan S.C., Chairman of the Victorian Bar Council, at the launch of the Duty Barristers Scheme by Chief Magistrate Ian Gray at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Friday 16 November 2007.

Welcome - His Honour Judge Iain Ross to the County Court of Victoria

[12 Nov 2007]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, the Chairman Peter Riordan S.C. welcomed His Honour Judge Iain Ross to the County Court of Victoria.

Welcome - The Honourable Justice Lasry to the Supreme Court of Victoria

[1 Nov 2007]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, the Chairman Peter Riordan S.C. welcomed The Honourable Justice Lasry to the Supreme Court of Victoria. For a web-stream of the event go to the Supreme Court website.