Monday, June 24, 2024

New appointments to Supreme Court, VCAT and VIFM

The Victorian Government has today announced new appointments to the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM).

Justice Terence Forrest has been appointed as a reserve judge to the Supreme Court, bringing more than 44 years of experience in criminal, civil and common law trials and appeals.

After retiring as a judge of the Supreme Court this month, Justice Forrest will commence his new role for a five-year term from 16 August.

The Government has also appointed Catherine Gobbo as an associate judge of the Supreme Court, after serving as a barrister with the Victorian Bar since 2004.

Ms Gobbo has decades of experience in commercial disputes and corporations law, and is an accredited advanced mediator.

She is a leading barrister in insolvency law and litigation, having contributed extensively to banking, commercial and insolvency law in Victoria.

Ms Gobbo has regularly appeared in trials and contested applications in the County Court, the Supreme Court and the Federal Court of Australia.

Three members of VCAT, Ian Potts, John Bennett and Elizabeth Bensz, will have their terms extended, serving a further seven years each. These members all bring impressive careers and extensive experience to the Tribunal.

The Government has also appointed three members to the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine Council for a three-year term.

New member Justice Michael Croucher and re-appointed members Dr Lee Hamley and Neil Robertson PSM, will serve on VIFM’s governing body, providing strategic direction and high-level oversight.

Justice Croucher replaces the Honourable Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth, who will continue to serve as a Supreme Court judge.

“Congratulations to each of these appointees – I look forward to seeing their valuable contribution to Victoria’s justice system,” said Attorney-General, Jaclyn Symes.

“Each of these appointees bring impressive legal experience, extensive knowledge and a desire to serve the Victorian community to their new roles.”

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