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View the latest news in criminal law from sources such as the Law Institute Journal, submissions, media releases, blogs and more.

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Joining the Criminal Law Section is a great way to stay up to date on this dynamic area of law, meet influential lawyers and shape future legislation.

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Criminal Law

Criminal lawyers focus on summary and indictable criminal law matters under Victorian laws, as well as criminal offences under Commonwealth legislation.

The courts in which they practice include Magistrates' Court, Children’s Court, County Court, Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, and Coroner's Court.

LIV’s Criminal Law Section members are wide and varied, comprising prosecutors, criminal defence practitioners, government lawyers, and legal aid services providers.  Many members also practice as trial advocates.

The LIV’s Criminal Law Section has a General Committee which represents and advances the interests of members through regular liaison with the courts, the police, the prosecution and other organisations within the criminal justice system.  The Committee is also actively involved in various law reform and policy initiatives, issuing a number of submissions throughout the year.

The General Committee is overseen by an elected Executive Committee.  

The LIV offers Criminal Law as an area of specialisation.

Criminal Law Mentor Program for LIV Members

In recognising the important role mentors play in the professional growth and development of their fellow lawyers, the Law Institute of Victoria is proud to announce the ‘Criminal Law Mentor Program'.

This informal initiative for LIV members, is designed for junior solicitors new to courtroom appearances to have access to experienced criminal law advocates. Over a coffee or by meeting at the Court, these mentors can field questions or concerns a budding courtroom advocate may have.

How to get involved:

If you wish to take advantage of this program, please contact a member of the Criminal Law Executive Committee listed below. Alternatively, you can email with your availability and preferred location to be paired with a mentor.

In acknowledging the spontaneity of Court, those seeking spur of the moment guidance are also welcome to approach the below listed mentors at the Courts without prior arrangement.

Please note, these mentors are working in a voluntary capacity to provide members with informal support regarding Courtroom practice, procedure and etiquette. The advice they provide is not intended to amount to substantive legal advice nor forensic decision-making. Please be mindful of avoiding professional conflict by discussing substantive matters with a mentor.


Jarrod Behan -


Jasmine Pisasale -


Josh Taaffe -


Kristina Kothrakis -


Marita Altman -


Mel Walker -


Tim Freeman -


Trieu Huynh –



Nicole Spicer – 


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