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Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill

The Voluntary assisted dying Bill is currently before Parliament. Some members have expressed an interest in making a private submission or similar in relation to the proposed Act’s interaction with the criminal law. John Hassett is interested in talking with any member who would like to discuss and or draft such a submission – he may be contacted at

Australian Academy of Forensic Science AGM

CBA members are invited to the Australian Academy of Forensic Science (Victorian) Chapter Annual General Meeting and Dinner on 17 August 2017 at 6:30pm at Melbourne University House, The University of Melbourne, 112 Professors’ Walk, Melbourne.

The Dinner will be followed by a plenary presentation by The Hon. Justice Chris Maxwell AC, President, Victorian Court of Appeal.

The AAFS RSVP form and payment must be received by 3 August 2017. Please contact Eva Bruenisholz, email: to secure a place.

Members Drinks – Fri 24 Feb

Come to Marble Fox (foyer of 533 Little Lonsdale Street, below Coldrey and Gorman Chambers) for a welcome ale to settle in the new year. You know you have stories to tell from your first few weeks back. Friday 24 Feb from 5 – 7 pm.

Ronald Ryan anniversary – 3 February 2017

The Supreme Court of Victoria will mark the 50th anniversary of Ronald Ryan’s death with a re-enactment of parts of the trial in Court 4 – where Ryan’s trial took place – followed by brief remarks in the Library with special guests Brian Bourke, Barry Jones AC and Mike Richards introduced by the Honourable Chief Justice Marilyn Warren. Friday 3 February 2017 from 4.30pm for 4.45pm commencement. RSVP to

Vale Chris Larkins

We are sad to hear of the passing of Chris Larkins recently.  Chris was an experienced, charming and fair advocate.  He was respected as a prosecutor, particularly on circuit, but also enjoyed a lengthy career appearing for the defence.  Chris was kind and helpful to many young practitioners, and always brought a balanced approach to his role.  Juries thought so, too.  Thanks for your company, Chris.

Vale Ken Oldis

The CBA farewells Ken Oldis, a valued and well-liked colleague who passed away last week after a battle with illness.  Ken was a man of many talents, literary as well as legal.  He was humorous and urbane.  He represented many accused over a lengthy career, and enjoyed the respect of his peers and of the Bench.  Ken, we thank you for your company on the journey.

Fearless Music – Sunday 8 May Liberty Event – Fearless Music – Sunday, 8 May at 3pm

Top musicians sing and play for liberty.  Tix $45-$65. Featuring: Ross Wilson, Cash Savage, Stephen Cummings, Sean Kelly, Mark Seymour, Liz Stringer, Rob Snarski, Jane Clifton, Lisa Miller.  MC: Brian Nankervis. The show aims to support the rights Liberty Victoria says about being lost by Australians and especially by refugees.  

 Fearless Music flyer.

“Society is heavily burdened by the appalling offshore refugee prisons and laws that invade so many parts of people’s private lives,” says Liberty president George Georgiou SC. “We are delighted to have these performers come together under the banner of  tips bij binaire opties Fearless Music.” Get your tickets NOW

New book on interlocutory appeals

A new book, Interlocutory Criminal Appeals is now out by Thomson Reuters. A special 20% discount is available to Criminal Barristers if ordered directly with the contact below by 10 May 2016. The foreword by Justice Weinberg reads, “Every criminal lawyer, worth his or her salt, should turn to this book for guidance through the unruly thicket of legislation and case law that now governs appeals of this nature.” To order, contact Johannes Christmann on

Victorian Reports

The Council of Law Reporting in Victoria is pleased to be partnering with BarNet, the producers of JADE, and Little William Bourke to provide the widest dissemination of the Reports at the lowest cost through a dedicated website.

The website provides a full statement advising of a new publishing arrangement and the appointment of a new editor for the Reports. The Council is also delighted with the appointment of Peter Willis SC as the new Editor.

New rules reminder

Members will remember that new Legal Profession Uniform Conduct (Barristers) Rules 2015 came into operation on 1 July 2015 and replaced the rules and regulations made under the Legal Profession Act 2004 (that Act was replaced by the Legal Professional Uniform Law (Vic), which also came into operation on 1 July 2015). The “Good Conduct Guide” is now out of date (it is understand a new version will be coming out this year).

CCO mental health assessment pilot

Community Corrections at Melbourne and Sunshine Magistrates’ Courts will commence a mental health assessment pilot in December 2015. It will run for 12 months. The pilot involves Forensicare clinical staff  being on site to screen the mental health needs of offenders and to advise Corrections during a CCO assessment process. The aim is to ensure resources are targeted effectively to those offenders on CCOs who have demonstrated needs.

Members should be aware of this new service. The pilot will be evaluated later in the 12 month period. Please send any comments to the CBA Committee who will take them up with Corrections when the evaluation commences.

Farewell Mr Muling!

On 22 December 2015, Magistrate Dan Muling will retire. For 20+ years he has been at the forefront of the Court’s criminal jurisdiction, particularly as Deputy Chief. He has enjoyed the respect of all who appear before him and inspired confidence in the Court’s ability to deal justly with the most difficult of cases. All we can say, about his departure, is (to quote his Honour), ‘Not Happy Jan!’

AGM A reminder that the Annual General Meeting of the Criminal Bar Association of Victoria Inc. will be held at 5.15pm on Wednesday 25 November 2015 at the  source url Neil Forsyth Room, Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East.

The Annual General Meeting will consider business arising out of the following Agenda items:

1.           Confirmation of minutes of AGM held on 19 November 2014 (see AGM Notice attachment).
2.           Receive a report on the activities of the CBA for the year ending 30 June 2015 (see Annual Report attachment).
3.           Receive and consider the statement of assets and liabilities and expenditure and income of the CBA for the financial year 2014/15 (per s.94(1) Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012) (see Financial Statement attachment).
4.           Election of officers of the Association and the ordinary members of the Committee.

Positions to be determined by election at the Annual General Meeting are: Chairman; Vice Chairman; Treasurer, Secretary and four (4) ordinary Committee members

enter site As is the usual custom, drinks will follow at the Essoign Club. 

Videoconferencing project expands

Some members have participated in a pilot of the videoconferencing system with prisons. Please see the evaluation material in a members email to be circulated in the next few days.

The Pilot is being expanded to permit all members of counsel to participate. Please contact Michelle Mykytowycz to get information about how to join the program.

Farewell Julie Sutherland!

The CBA offers a heartfelt farewell to Julie Sutherland!

Julie signed the bar roll on 23 May 1985 and finished her last trial last week with an acquittal. That’s 30 years, 5 months and 11 days of tireless work and fearless advocacy. We have all benefited from her leadership both in court and out. Sam Tovey undoubtedly spoke for us all at the end of that trial:

HER HONOUR:  Yes, now Mr … can leave the dock, and I’ll excuse everyone involved in this case, but I do need to ‑ ‑ ‑

MR TOVEY:  Your Honour, before that happens, if I could raise one matter?

HER HONOUR:  Yes, yes?

MR TOVEY:  Somewhat unusually, Your Honour, I’d just like to put one matter on the record prior to the court rising.  I’ve been privileged in this matter to be led by Miss Sutherland of counsel.


MR TOVEY:  Miss Sutherland has let us at our Bar know that this will be her final trial as counsel.  Having spoken to some from our Bar and specifically from the Criminal Bar Association, I’d simply like to on the record extend our great congratulations to her on a spectacular career that’s spanned more than 30 years.

It’s had an impact on many at the Bar and I’ve certainly been privileged to have that impact in recent days.  We simply wish to let her know that she’ll be sorely missed and that she’s welcome back anytime.  But more than anything else, we’d like to thank her for being such a great example of what it means to take the privilege role of counsel for such a long time.

HER HONOUR:  Yes, well thank you, Mr Tovey.  Can I endorse those remarks.  It’s been a privilege to have Miss Sutherland appear before me in this trial.  It is a terrible tragedy that she appears to have decided not to continue on and maybe she’ll change her mind having heard our expressions of opinion, but Miss Sutherland is a very well-known and very widely respected barrister at the Bar and amongst the judiciary and I endorse what has been said on her behalf.  Thank you very much, Miss Sutherland and Mr Tovey for all your assistance in this trial and of course, thank you Mr Moore.