Past Chairman - Michael Colbran QC

 

Welcome and Farewell speeches made by Michael Colbran QC or his representative whilst he was Chairman of the Victorian Bar Council are available via People in and around the courts.

Chairman's remarks from Victorian Bar Annual Report 2009-10

[29 Nov 2010]

The Chairman's Report from the Victorian Bar Annual Report 2009-10 can be downloaded here.

Appointment of Senior Counsel 2010

[25 Nov 2010]

The Honourable Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC today announced the appointment of Senior Counsel.

Victorian Bar welcomes new silks

[25 Nov 2010]

The Victorian Bar today welcomed the appointment of 15 new Senior Counsel by the Chief Justice.

Vic Bar website

[11 Nov 2010]

The Victorian Bar website will be relaunched on Friday, 12 November 2010.

Attacking barristers over their clients undermines justice

[2 Nov 2010]

"The smear against Brian Walters goes to the heart of a fair defence for all."
Article by Michael Colbran, Chairman of Bar Council, published in The Age on 2 November 2010.  The online version of the article can be read here.

Cab rank rule serves public interest – letter to Herald Sun re Brian Walters S.C.

[1 Nov 2010]

Ethical conduct is not hypocrisy says Victorian Bar

[1 Nov 2010]

Lawyers back courts complaints method

[27 Oct 2010]

Lawyers support courts and their complaints handling methods.

Victorian Bar Junior Vice Chairman one of three appointed to the bench

[15 Sep 2010]

The Victorian Bar congratulates the three latest Supreme Court appointments announced on Tuesday, which include the Solicitor-General Pamela Tate SC to the Court of Appeal, and John Dixon SC and Cameron Macaulay SC to the Trial Division.

Download the media release below.

Victorian Bar opens new Chambers due to demand

[22 Jul 2010]

The Victorian Bar and its property holding subsidiary announced today two new Chambers - one to be formally opened on 18 August and another to follow next year.
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Bar investment means no barrier to access

[14 Jul 2010]

A statement from Michael Colbran QC, Chairman, Victorian Bar Council, and Mark Derham QC, Chairman, Barristers’ Chambers Limited. Download a copy of the statement below.

Victorian Bar supports Civil Procedure Bill

[13 Jul 2010]

The Victorian Bar supports greater efficiencies and the goals of the Civil Procedure Bill but believes there are other reforms that can make a significant difference to the efficiency of the court process in civil matters – and access to justice for all.

Download the media release below.

Supreme Court of Victoria - Interest

[13 Jul 2010]

Michael Colbran QC has advised the Attorney-General that the Victorian Bar endorses the Chief Justice's stance on the issue of interest payable in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Download the Chairman's letter below.

Pro Bono Award recipients announced

[21 May 2010]

Thousands of hours and millions of dollars worth of free legal services were acknowledged at the Victorian Bar Pro Bono Awards presented by the Chief Justice, Marilyn Warren AC on Tuesday night in the Supreme Court. Read the Chief Justice's speech here. Awards were presented in seven categories, including the Victorian Bar Pro Bono Trophy (awarded to Julian Burnside AO QC). The Victorian Bar put the value of the legal work done for free at more than $6.5M in the 2009 calendar year.

Download full details in the media release below.

Readers Signing Ceremony

[20 May 2010]

On behalf of the Bar Council, Senior Vice-Chairman Mark Moshinsky SC gave a speech on the occasion of the signing of the Bar Roll by the March 2010 Readers.

Michael Colbran QC Address at the Ceremonial Sitting to receive the announcements of the appointment of Senior Counsel

[4 Dec 2009]

Michael Colbran QC made a brief address on the occasion of the Ceremonial Sitting to receive the announcements of the appointment of Senior Counsel in and for the State of Victoria.

Chairman's address at the Retiring Chairman’s Dinner

[2 Dec 2009]

The Chairman, Michael Colbran QC, addressed the Retiring Chairman’s Dinner on Wednesday 2 December 2009.

Chairman's Address at the Inaugural Sitting of the Coroners Court of Victoria

[6 Nov 2009]

Address by Michael Colbran QC, Chairman of the Victorian Bar Council, at the ceremonial inaugural sitting of the Coroners Court of Victoria.