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2 judges appointed to County Court of Victoria

The Victorian government has appointed two new judges to the state’s County Court.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 07 February 2024 The Bar
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Liberty Sanger OAM and Michael Wise KC have been appointed as judges to the County Court of Victoria, filling vacancies left by the appointments of Justice Paul Cosgrave to the Supreme Court of Victoria and Judge Peter Wischusen as a reserve judge of the County Court of Victoria.

Speaking about the appointments, Victorian Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes said: “I congratulate Ms Sanger and Mr Wise on their appointments and extend my gratitude to Justice Paul Cosgrave and Judge Peter Wischusen for their service to the County Court of Victoria.”


“Ms Sanger and Mr Wise each bring significant experience to their appointments, and I look forward to the valuable contribution they will make to our court system.”

Ms Sanger has served as the national head of Maurice Blackburn’s personal injury law division since 2018 and has been a principal at the BigLaw practice since 2003.

She received the medal of the Order of Australia, the state’s A-G’s Department said in a statement, for services to the law and the community in 2021 and was inducted into the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll in 2019.

Mr Wise joined the Bar in 1992 and was appointed silk in 2017.

As a barrister with more than three decades of experience, he has served on the Victorian Bar news committee, Indigenous justice committee, and the equality and diversity committee. Currently, he serves as chair of the innovation and technology committee at the Victorian Bar and as trustee and deputy chair at McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery.