New appointments to the Victorian justice system

Andrews’ Labor government today announced the appointment of four new judges and 10 magistrates to the court system.

The Court of Appeal will benefit from the expertise and solid knowledge of the law with the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Leslie Taylor. Justice Taylor will fill the vacancy resulting from the elevation of Justice Karin Emerton to the position of President of the Court of Appeal.

Justice Taylor was appointed to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2018. Previously, she practiced as a barrister for 25 years, including 20 years as a barrister at the Victorian Bar, where she was awarded silk in 2011.

Between 2004 and 2005, Judge Taylor served as Senior Counsel in the Office of the Prosecutor in Sierra Leone. Subsequently, she served as Senior Advisor to the Independent Commission of Inquiry on Timor-Leste in 2006 and later served as Senior Advisor to the Independent Special Inquiry Commission on Kyrgyzstan in 2011.

The Tribunal de Grande Instance will be strengthened by the addition of:

  • Aine Magee KC, barrister at the Victorian Bar, where she specialized primarily in personal injury law in the Supreme and County Courts and in coroner’s inquests.
  • Barbara Myers KC, barrister at the Victorian Bar, where she specialized in common law, insurance law and personal injury law.
  • John Kelly SC, a solicitor at the Bar of Victoria, was appointed Senior Solicitor in 2016 and has extensive criminal trial experience in the superior courts of Australia.

The judges will fill the vacancies of retired judges William Stuart, Robert Dyer and Phillip Coish.

Appointments to the Magistrates Court of Victoria each bring a depth and diversity of experience and a strong commitment to serving the Victorian public. These include:

  • Belinda Franjic, lawyer at the Victorian Bar.
  • Heather Lambrick, Member of the Civil and Administrative Tribunal of Victoria.
  • Megan Casey, lawyer at the Victorian Bar.
  • Vincenzo Caltabiano, director of Tasmania Legal Aid.
  • Malcolm Thomas, lawyer at the Victorian Bar.
  • Kathryn Fawcett, Clerk of the Magistrates Court.
  • Andrew Sim, barrister at the Victorian Bar.
  • Natalie Heynes, lawyer at Victoria Legal Aid.
  • Leon Fluxman, senior attorney at the Office of Public Prosecutions.
  • Jarrod Williams, lawyer at the Victorian Bar.

As Attorney General Jaclyn Symes said

“I congratulate our newly appointed judges, who each bring a diverse background and a strong commitment to serving the Victorian public.”

“I would also like to thank Justices William Stuart, Robert Dyer and Phillip Coish for their significant contributions and dedicated service to the County Court of Victoria.”

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