A barrister with over 20 years’ experience in criminal defence has been appointed as a judge of the County Court of Victoria.
Victorian Attorney-General Martin Pakula announced last month Julie Condon would be appointed as a judge of the County Court following the retirement of Judge Michael McInerney.
“I want to thank Judge Michael McInerney for his 23 years of service as a judge of the County Court,” Mr Pakula said.
He went on to say that Julie Condon was an outstanding defence advocate with extensive experience as a human rights practitioner.
“Ms Condon brings a wealth of knowledge in criminal law advocacy to her new role as a judge of the County Court and I congratulate her on her appointment,” Mr Pakula said.
“I look forward to her making a significant contribution to the County Court of Victoria.”
According to the AG, Ms Condon is an honorary lifetime member of Reprieve Australia, an organisation providing legal representation and humanitarian assistance globally to prisoners at risk of execution. She is a member of the Criminal Bar Association and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2017.
For three years Ms Condon led advocacy workshops for law students and legal professionals in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu at the invitation of the Victorian Bar. She has also worked as an international law consultant and advocate at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal at the Hague.
Ms Condon has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, and a Master of Laws from Monash University.
From 1999 to 2002, she worked as a jury trial advocate for the Northern Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service in the Northern Territory.