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Law Institute welcomes appointment of Judge Hannan to head Magistrates Court

Law Institute welcomes appointment of Judge Hannan to head Magistrates Court

By LIV Media


The appointment of Judge Lisa Hannan as Chief Magistrate is warmly welcomed and supported by the Law Institute of Victoria.

LIV President Stuart Webb said the appointment of Judge Hannan, an experienced County Court judge, Coroner and Magistrate, would provide visionary leadership to meet future challenges.

“Her Honour is an experienced judge, lawyer and is very well regarded by the legal profession,” Mr Webb said.

“As head of the County Court criminal division, she ran a tight ship to ensure the list was efficient to minimise delays in trials and plea hearings.

“Judge Hannan gives generously of her time to support the profession through the LIV’s continuing legal education and is a leader in criminal law,” Mr Webb said.

Mr Webb said Judge Hannan is known for her high and exacting standards and attention to detail.

Mr Webb said Judge Hannan’s experience in the law included in defence and criminal prosecutions; and while at the Victorian Bar she represented many government bodies before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, as well as practising in civil proceedings, equal opportunity law, mental health proceedings and family law.

While serving as a Magistrate, Her Honour streamlined procedures in the Magistrates’ Court for handling sexual offences, and was responsible for implementing the specialist sexual offences list in the Magistrates’ Court.

As a Magistrate, Her Honour was chair of the criminal law committee and the Court’s representative on the sexual assault advisory committee and the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s review of the Bail Act.

Mr Webb acknowledged the work done by outgoing Chief Magistrate Peter Lauritsen.

He said Chief Magistrate Lauritsen had overseen the Court during some of the most significant changes in its practices, including managing the  high demand for services, which impacted on magistrates and the Court. His tenure has seen the appointment additional magistrates to manage the work load, as well as instituting night and weekend court sittings.


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