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Video 5: LIV Criminal Law Conference 2020 – Stream 1 – Meet the Judicial Registrars

Video 5: LIV Criminal Law Conference 2020 – Stream 1 – Meet the Judicial Registrars

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CPD Units 1.0
  • Substantive Law
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Recorded: 7 August 2020 | Run Time: 58:08

The judicial registrars discuss the significant changes in court process during this challenging and unprecedented time. Specifically, they discuss managing the County and Supreme Courts during the emergency management period, the powers and scope of their roles and other key updates for criminal law practitioners. 

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  • Presenter

    Presenter: Timothy Freeman, Judicial Registrar, Criminal Division, Supreme Court of Victoria

    Judicial Registrar Tim Freeman was appointed to the Supreme Court in June 2020 and commenced in the role of judicial registrar of the Court’s Criminal Division in July. Prior to his appointment, he worked in private practice for approximately 17 years acting on behalf of clients charged with the full spectrum of criminal offences, including homicide, drug offences, fraud, theft, violence offences, sexual offences, driving offences and applications for Bail.

    During his time in practice, Judicial Registrar Freeman was also an active member of the Law Institute of Victoria, where he was a member of the Criminal Law Section Executive Committee from 2012, a co-chair of the Section for 3 years from 2014 to 2016 and appointed to the LIV’s Board of Directors in 2019. Prior to his appointment to the Court, Judicial Registrar Freeman was also a legal member of the Victorian Firearms Appeals Committee, a statutory tribunal that hears and determines reviews from decisions of the Chief Commissioner in relation to the licensing of firearms.

    Presenter: Alex Wilson, Judicial Registrar, Count Court of Victoria

    Alex Wilson was appointed as a judicial registrar of the County Court in March 2020. Prior to her appointment, Alex was a partner at Lethbridges practising as a solicitor advocate for 15 years. Alex had an extensive pro-bono practice acting for Australians detained overseas. 

    In 2016 Alex received the LIV Access to Justice Award for her work as solicitor for the Bali 9 members Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. In 2019 Alex appeared on the ABC's Australian Story, which covered her work in acting for Australian woman Yoshe Taylor whose drug trafficking conviction in Cambodia was quashed. Alex has appeared on SBS's Insight, been a keynote speaker at a number of public events and given evidence at the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade regarding Australia’s advocacy for the abolition of the death penalty.

    Presenter: Matthew Phillips, Judicial Registrar, County Court of Victoria

    Judicial Registrar Phillips was appointed to the County Court of Victoria in February 2020. In the years prior to his appointment he predominantly practised in criminal appellate work in both the Court of Appeal and the High Court.

    He worked as the Appeals & Strategic Litigation Program Manager at Victoria Legal Aid and also as the Court of Appeal co-ordinator for the Office of Public Prosecutions. He has also appeared regularly in the Court of Appeal in both conviction and sentence appeals for both the Crown and Defence.

    Judicial Registrar Phillips was also a public defender as part of the VLA Chambers for approximately 5 years. He regularly appeared as counsel in trials, pleas and appeals.

    Judicial Registrar Phillips has also worked as a prosecutor with the Commonwealth DPP in the Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne offices.

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