Elizabeth Brimer SC and George Georgiou SC have been appointed as the latest judges of the County Court, filling the vacancies created by the retirement of Judge Duncan Allen and Judge Howard Mason.
Ms Brimer, who signed the Bar Roll in 1999 and was appointed senior counsel late last year, brings to her new role extensive experience in civil, criminal, commercial administrative and OH&S law, and has appeared in the Coroners Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Courts of Victoria, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.
Throughout her career, she has appeared in major class actions, acting as a commercial arbitrator and appearing in civil and other commercial matters, a statement from the government said.
Meanwhile, Mr Georgiou, who was admitted to the Victorian Bar in 1990 and appointed senior counsel in November 2012, has appeared in numerous high-profile cases throughout Australia, including representing David Eastman in his lengthy murder trial in the ACT Supreme Court.
In 2014, Mr Georgiou was lead counsel on behalf of three survivors before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse hearings on the Retta Dixon Home in Darwin, the statement noted.
“Both Ms Brimer and Mr Georgiou are well respected senior counsel, with wide-ranging expertise and experience across various legal fields and jurisdictions, which will serve them extremely well in this important role," Attorney-General Jill Hennessy said.
“I congratulate both Ms Brimer and Mr Georgiou on their appointments and look forward to the contribution they will make to the County Court.”
“I also want to thank Judge Allen and Judge Mason for their tireless work and dedication to the court.”
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