Past Chairman - John Digby QC

Welcome - His Honour Judge Timothy Ginnane to the County Court of Victoria

[18 Aug 2009]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, the Chairman John Digby QC welcomed His Honour Judge Timothy Ginnane to the County Court of Victoria.

Farewell - The Honourable Justice T. H. Smith from the Supreme Court of Victoria

[31 Jul 2009]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, the Chairman John Digby QC Farewelled The Honourable Justice T. H. Smith from the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Farewell - The Honourable Justice T H Smith from the Supreme Court of Victoria

[31 Jul 2009]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, the Chairman John Digby QC Farewelled The Honourable Justice T H Smith from the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Bar Dinner Remarks

[17 Jun 2009]

Remarks by the Chairman, John Digby QC, at the annual Bar Dinner on Friday 29 May 2009 in the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Victoria.

Welcome - The Honourable Virginia Margaret Bell as a Justice of the High Court of Australia

[29 May 2009]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, the Chairman John Digby QC welcomed The Honourable Virginia Margaret Bell on her first sitting in Melbourne as a Justice of the High Court of Australia.

Media Release: Federal budget disappoints on legal aid

[13 May 2009]

The Victorian Bar says the Federal Government missed an opportunity in this year’s Federal Budget and has failed to address a structural crisis in legal aid funding.
Instead it has opted for ‘stop gap’ funding of about $20M.

Download the Media Release below.

Welcome - His Honour Judge Gerard Mullaly to the County Court of Victoria

[21 Apr 2009]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, the Senior Vice-Chairman Michael Colbran QC welcomed His Honour Judge Gerard Mullaly to the County Court of Victoria.

Welcome - The Honourable Justice Jennifer Davies to the Supreme Court of Victoria

[7 Apr 2009]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, the Chairman John Digby QC welcomed The Honourable Justice Jennifer Davies to the Supreme Court of Victoria

Office of Associate Judge

[18 Feb 2009]

Address by John Digby QC, Chairman of the Victorian Bar Council at the ceremonial sitting in the 12th Court on Thursday 19 February 2009 to mark the creation of the office of Associate Judge.

Bushfire Legal Help

[17 Feb 2009]

The Victorian Bar is proud to join with the Victorian Government, Victoria Legal Aid, the Law Institute of Victoria, the Victoria Law Foundation, the Federation of Community Legal Centres and the Public Interest Law Clearing House in providing assistance to Victorians affected by the 2009 bushfires through Bushfire Legal Help.

Bushfire Legal Help has been established to provide coordinated assistance to those people affected by the bushfires. Volunteer lawyers have been providing legal assistance at the Relief and Recovery Centres administered by the Department of Human Services in affected areas. Legal Assistance is also available on the legal helpline on 1800 113 432.

To date over 230 barristers have volunteered their services. This commitment reinforces the Victorian Bar’s proud tradition of providing pro bono legal assistance to those most in need. A number of barristers have already been called upon to provide advice and support to lawyers who are staffing the clinics in areas such as Insurance, Property and Housing, Wills and Estates, Employment and Family Law.

Barristers will also be engaged through Bushfire Legal Help to provide ongoing assistance to people affected by the bushfires. This assistance will be coordinated by the Bar Council, the Bar’s Pro Bono Committee, Phil Kennon QC and the Victorian Bar’s Legal Assistance Scheme.

Due to the sheer scale of this crisis, the Victorian Bar is uncertain as to the level of pro bono legal assistance required in the long-term. It is however envisaged that any sustained legal response will require the involvement of the Victorian Bar and its members. 

The Victorian Bar acknowledges the generosity of its members and will continue to provide regular updates.

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

[16 Feb 2009]

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

Farewell - The Honourable Justice Peter Heerey from the Federal Court of Australia

[13 Feb 2009]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, the Chairman John Digby QC Farewelled The Honourable Justice Peter Heerey from the Federal Court of Australia.

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

[13 Feb 2009]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, the Chairman John Digby QC welcomed His Honour Judge Saccardo to the County Court of Victoria.

Welcome - The Honourable Robert French as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia

[2 Dec 2008]

Welcome address by John Digby QC, Chairman of the Victorian Bar Council, to mark the first sitting in Melbourne of the Honourable Robert French as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia.

Welcome - Master Gardiner to the Supreme Court of Victoria

[13 Nov 2008]

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, the Chairman John Digby QC welcomed Master Gardiner to the Supreme Court of Victoria.