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Chief Justice Marilyn Warren – an outstanding leader and role model

Chief Justice Marilyn Warren – an outstanding leader and role model

By LIV Media

Courts Justice 


The Law Institute of Victoria today acknowledged the outstanding contribution of Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Warren, following her decision to resign later this year.

Chief Justice Warren has been a distinguished leader in the legal profession and justice system, an inspiring role model and great friend of the LIV, president Belinda Wilson said.

“She has been a tireless advocate of the rule of law, and an inspiration for so many in the legal profession,” Ms Wilson said.

Over the past 14 years, Chief Justice Warren has embraced technological change and modernised the Supreme Court in a number of ways, Ms Wilson said.

Chief Justice Warren oversaw the digitisation of the court, aspiring to the day when the court becomes paperless. She opened the court to social media, and has succeeded in significantly streamlining court processes.

She promoted Victoria as a place to conduct legal business, helped reform the Court of Appeal, reduced delays in civil appeals, and introduced a technology court, a costs court, an ADR facility, and a mega-trial court.

Her aspiration was to make the justice system accessible and relevant to a modern community, Ms Wilson said. “While treasuring the heritage value of one of Victoria’s most beautiful buildings, she fought for the Supreme Court’s modernisation to better serve the needs of victims of crimes, witnesses, and others who come in contact with the courts.”

Chief Justice Warren also abolished the wearing of wigs by judges and barristers in the court, arguing they were a relic of the past and no longer contributed to the administration of justice in the 21st century.

As the first female Chief Justice in Australia, Chief Justice Warren greatly supported other women and strove to address the obstacles that prevented  them from rising to the upper echelons of the profession despite making up the majority of law graduates.

Chief Justice Warren was also a tireless advocate of the rule of law and a defender of the independence of the judiciary.

“Chief Justice Warren has given outstanding service and has provided exceptional leadership at a state, national and international level to make sure all Victorians have full confidence in our legal system,” Ms Wilson said.

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