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Tragic death of Magistrate Stephen Myall

Tragic death of Magistrate Stephen Myall

By Law Institute of Victoria


The Law Institute of Victoria is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Magistrate Stephen Myall who passed away yesterday.

Mr Myall will be remembered as a wonderfully caring and brilliant lawyer whose skills and intellect were recognised and he was promoted to the bench in 2005. He served the community with great compassion, fairness and respect.

LIV President Belinda Wilson said Mr Myall had always been enormously generous with his time as a mentor to young lawyers and served as a previous chair of the LIV's criminal law section when he was a lawyer. He remained active with the criminal law section and had a deep commitment to giving back to the profession.

He held various advocacy roles with Victoria Legal Aid and later was in partnership with Rob Stary and Andrew George before he was appointed as a Magistrate. He was highly regarded by the Victorian legal profession and the judiciary.

“He will be remembered for his genuine commitment to serving the community and his unwavering dedication to fairness in our society,” Ms Wilson said.

LIV criminal law section co-chair Mel Walker praised Mr Myall for his tireless efforts in supporting and nurturing young lawyers and ensuring the criminal justice system remained fair and equal. “His compassion for those that appeared before him in court was always exceptional and always had the best interests of the community in mind during his distinguished career on the bench. He has given so much to the profession and the community and his passing is an enormous loss to our profession as a colleague and friend. We will miss him immensely.”

The LIV’s thoughts and prayers are with Mr Myall’s family, friends and colleagues.

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