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LIV honours former president


Cite as: (2003) 78(8) LIJ, p.18

The contribution to the legal profession of County Court Judge Tony Smith, who died last year, was recognised at an event held at the Institute on 6 June.

The Institute’s new 120-seat lecture theatre was officially named the Tony Smith Lecture Theatre at a ceremony attended by Judge Smith’s widow Beverley and leaders of the legal profession.

State Attorney-General Rob Hulls unveiled the plaque, while retired County Court Judge and former Institute president David Jones spoke about Judge Smith’s achievements. Retired County Court Chief Judge Glenn Waldron also attended.

Institute CEO John Cain said Judge Smith was the most appropriate person to honour with the naming of the lecture theatre because of his significant role in the history of the Institute and the legal profession in general.

“The naming of the lecture theatre after him also acknowledges the work he did and inter est he took in continuing legal education (CLE),” he said.

Mr Cain said he hoped that the people who used the lecture theatre appreciated the importance of Judge Smith’s contribution to CLE.

Judge Smith, who died on 13 July 2002, was a member of the Institute Council for a decade and served as president in 1980/81. He was made a life member of the Institute in 1985.

In 1973, he became chair of the Legal Aid Committee and played a crucial role in the establishment of the Victoria Legal Aid Commission, now called Victoria Legal Aid.

Judge Smith was also treasurer and vice-president of the Law Council of Australia and the first Australian to hold the position of secretary-general of the International Bar Association.

He was appointed to the County Court Bench in 1990.


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