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Welcome: Judge Martine Marich

Welcome: Judge Martine Marich

By Law Institute Journal

Legal Biography 


Judge Martine Marich was welcomed to the County Court of Victoria on 30 August 2018. Among the speakers was 2018 LIV president Belinda Wilson. This is an edited version of her speech. I appear on behalf of the LIV and the solicitors of this state to warmly welcome your Honour Dr Martine Marich as a judge of the County Court of Victoria. Your Honour has been an outstanding contributor to the legal profession and the community, and has enjoyed a distinguished career as a legal educator and one of our finest criminal lawyers. But your Honour could so easily have been destined for a career helping people with illnesses and writing prescriptions, instead of helping other vulnerable people with legal issues in the community. Your Honour completed your schooling at the age of 16 and began studying medicine at Monash University, but it was not a glorious start to a medical career. You quickly realised your skills would be better focused elsewhere and thankfully took a different study path and switched to science and then science and law. Your Honour graduated with Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Science degrees in 1996 and a Master of Laws degree followed in 1998, then a Doctor of Juridical Science a decade later. Your Honour’s doctoral thesis examined the principles of admissibility of sensitive investigative information in judicial proceedings, with emphasis on closed hearings in terrorism trials and fortification removal applications in Western Australia. After being admitted to practice in Victoria in 1997, your Honour developed a strong reputation for your legal representation in cases in all Australian jurisdictions, in particular Victoria and Western Australia. Your Honour established your own practice, supervising a number of solicitors and specialising in complex criminal law cases and personal injury claims. Your Honour enjoyed your days at Monash and you have made it a priority to give back to the students and the university, lecturing for more than 15 years in criminal law, evidence and other related disciplines, in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Not quite a digital native, your Honour has always shown an interest in new media and using social media to educate and inform – and once dabbled in producing a couple of inspiring and informative podcasts. Your Honour’s work during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and ensuring that the trauma of those survivors of abuse was heard has been applauded both within the legal profession and the community. Showing incredible compassion and support, your Honour appeared for child sexual assault survivors in 18 hearings of the Royal Commission. It is fair to say that your Honour has not experienced many spills in your career, but early this year you did second guess one of your decisions. As a keen runner, your Honour was out for a run when you stumbled and fell hard on the deck. However you were determined to complete the run and you pressed on for another 4kms before taking yourself to hospital to be patched up. Your Honour is the only Australian legal practitioner who is both an LIV accredited specialist in criminal law and the holder of a doctoral degree in law. Your Honour has been a strong and passionate contributor on a number of LIV committees and working groups, including the Criminal Law Section and the Administrative Law and Human Rights Section, and was co-chair of the Criminal Law Specialisation Advisory Committee. As an active member of the LIV’s Criminal Law Section executive committee, your Honour’s expert knowledge has been regularly called upon for law reform submissions, particularly on technical and substantive legal issues. Your Honour is well known as a generous, empathetic and inspiring mentor, particularly for young aspiring female lawyers. Your Honour will know that today is more than just a ceremonial sitting of the court – it is a way to reassure the community that the public can have absolute trust in our courts and the legal profession. Today is all about ensuring that Victorians can be confident that we have the best people and legal minds appointed to lead our courts and to make critical decisions on behalf of the community. An event such as this brings together the court, the profession and the community to better understand the calibre and experience of our incoming judges, and who will be serving this court and the public. Your Honour is now embarking on a well-deserved new career and we wish you a successful and rewarding one – a new career that you are eminently qualified for. On behalf of the LIV, I thank your Honour for your passion and commitment for fairness and for serving the community. The LIV applauds your Honour’s appointment to this court. nors of this state to warmly welcome your Honour Dr Martine Marich as a judge of the County Court of Victoria. Your Honour has been an outstanding contributor to the legal profession and the community, and has enjoyed a distinguished career as a legal educator and one of our finest criminal lawyers. But your Honour could so easily have been destined for a career helping people with illnesses and writing prescriptions, instead of helping other vulnerable people with legal issues in the community. Your Honour completed your schooling at the age of 16 and began studying medicine at Monash University, but it was not a glorious start to a medical career. You quickly realised your skills would be better focused elsewhere and thankfully took a different study path and switched to science and then science and law. Your Honour graduated with Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Science degrees in 1996 and a Master of Laws degree followed in 1998, then a Doctor of Juridical Science a decade later. Your Honour’s doctoral thesis examined the principles of admissibility of sensitive investigative information in judicial proceedings, with emphasis on closed hearings in terrorism trials and fortification removal applications in Western Australia. After being admitted to practice in Victoria in 1997, your Honour developed a strong reputation for your legal representation in cases in all Australian jurisdictions, in particular Victoria and Western Australia. Your Honour established your own practice, supervising a number of solicitors and specialising in complex criminal law cases and personal injury claims. Your Honour enjoyed your days at Monash and you have made it a priority to give back to the students and the university, lecturing for more than 15 years in criminal law, evidence and other related disciplines, in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Not quite a digital native, your Honour has always shown an interest in new media and using social media to educate and inform – and once dabbled in producing a couple of inspiring and informative podcasts. Your Honour’s work during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and ensuring that the trauma of those survivors of abuse was heard has been applauded both within the legal profession and the community. Showing incredible compassion and support, your Honour appeared for child sexual assault survivors in 18 hearings of the Royal Commission. It is fair to say that your Honour has not experienced many spills in your career, but early this year you did second guess one of your decisions. As a keen runner, your Honour was out for a run when you stumbled and fell hard on the deck. However you were determined to complete the run and you pressed on for another 4kms before taking yourself to hospital to be patched up. Your Honour is the only Australian legal practitioner who is both an LIV accredited specialist in criminal law and the holder of a doctoral degree in law. Your Honour has been a strong and passionate contributor on a number of LIV committees and working groups, including the Criminal Law Section and the Administrative Law and Human Rights Section, and was co-chair of the Criminal Law Specialisation Advisory Committee. As an active member of the LIV’s Criminal Law Section executive committee, your Honour’s expert knowledge has been regularly called upon for law reform submissions, particularly on technical and substantive legal issues. Your Honour is well known as a generous, empathetic and inspiring mentor, particularly for young aspiring female lawyers. Your Honour will know that today is more than just a ceremonial sitting of the court – it is a way to reassure the community that the public can have absolute trust in our courts and the legal profession. Today is all about ensuring that Victorians can be confident that we have the best people and legal minds appointed to lead our courts and to make critical decisions on behalf of the community. An event such as this brings together the court, the profession and the community to better understand the calibre and experience of our incoming judges, and who will be serving this court and the public. Your Honour is now embarking on a well-deserved new career and we wish you a successful and rewarding one – a new career that you are eminently qualified for. On behalf of the LIV, I thank your Honour for your passion and commitment for fairness and for serving the community. The LIV applauds your Honour’s appointment to this court.

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