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Victorian Bar boosts support for Indigenous barristers

Victorian Bar boosts support for Indigenous barristers

In a bid to increase the number of Indigenous barristers on Victoria's bar roll, Indigenous law students and lawyers with aspirations to join the Victorian Bar will now receive individual access…

In a bid to increase the number of Indigenous barristers on Victoria's bar roll, Indigenous law students and lawyers with aspirations to join the Victorian Bar will now receive individual access to a judge and a barrister.

With more Indigenous barristers on its bar roll than any other state or territory, Victoria is expecting even more to come in the future as a result of initiatives such as its mentoring program, which puts Indigenous law students and lawyers in a legal mentoring relationship with a member of the judiciary and a barrister.

"We have a real commitment to implement practical programs that make an actual difference, as well as adopting policies consistent with our legal colleagues nationally," said the chair of the Victorian Bar Indigenous Lawyers Committee, Daniel Star.

"This legal mentoring program aims to increase the ways that new or aspiring Indigenous lawyers are networked in the profession, which is why we have each participant linked with a barrister and a judge from the Federal Court, Supreme Court or County Court."

Chairman of the Victorian Bar, Michael Colbran QC, said there was still much to be done.

"There is a significant lack of representation and participation of Indigenous persons in the legal system nationally," he said. "The Victorian Bar recognises that Indigenous Australians, their cultures and experiences, have an important part to play in the legal profession nationally."

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