find the latest legal job
Senior Associate - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Come work for a firm ranked in Lawyers Weekly Top 25 Attraction Firms
View details
Associate - Workplace Relations & Safety
Category: Industrial Relations and Employment Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Employer of choice · Strong team culture
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: All Perth WA
· Freelance opportunities through Vario from Pinsent Masons
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Adelaide SA
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Supreme Court appointments in Tasmania and Victoria

Supreme Court appointments in Tasmania and Victoria

Judicial appointments announced this week will see Tasmanian Chief Magistrate Michael Brett and Victorian county court judge Maree Kennedy join the Supreme Court bench in their respective states.

Tasmanian Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin announced that Mr Brett will replace outgoing Supreme Court Justice David Porter, effective 11 July.

Mr Brett served as the Chief Magistrate in Tasmania from September last year and has been a magistrate for six years. Prior to coming to the bench, he sat on the board of the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania and was an active leader for the state’s bar association.

Tasmanian Law Society president Matthew Verney congratulated the Chief Magistrate on his new appointment, saying: "Mr Brett has been a fine magistrate and Chief Magistrate and I have no doubt he will be an excellent judge of the Supreme Court of Tasmania. He is both widely liked and respected. On behalf of the legal profession, I offer my warm congratulations to him."

In Victoria, the state Attorney-General Martin Pakula announced the appointment of Ms Kennedy as a judge of the Supreme Court.

"Judge Kennedy has shown exceptional leadership as a county court judge and she will bring a wealth of experience to her new role.

"The reforms she has helped introduce are a testament to her dedication and talent, particularly in commercial law, and are attributes that will make her an excellent judge of the Supreme Court," Mr Pakula said.

Judge Kennedy was appointed as a county court judge in 2007. She was called to the Victorian bar in 1990 and appointed senior counsel in 2002.

During her time as the judge in charge of the commercial division, Judge Kennedy was responsible for reforms including the appointment of two judicial registrars and a commercial list coordinator. She also helped to establish the commercial list, which became a division of the Victorian County Court in its own right in 2014.

Other commercial division improvements made under Judge Kennedy’s leadership have included the setting of early trial dates within six months of a first appearance and ensuring that trial dates that won't proceed within the same financial year are kept to a minimum.

She was also responsible for developing a protocol between self-represented litigants and the Victorian Bar, as well as an expansion of the court’s alternative dispute resolution services.

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Supreme Court appointments in Tasmania and Victoria
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Oct 20 2017
Podcast: One of law’s most infamous alumni – in conversation with Julian Morrow
In this episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show, Melissa Coade is joined by The Chaser’s Julian Morrow....
Oct 20 2017
High Court overturns ‘excessive’ anti-protest legislation
Bob Brown’s recent victory in the High Court over the Tasmanian government was a win for fundament...
Oct 20 2017
Changes to Australian citizenship laws blocked
Attempts to beef up the requirements to obtain Australian citizenship were thwarted this week, after...
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...