The Chief Justice has made the following orders admitting new lawyers to practise.
Updated 14 December 2020
In-person admissions adjourned
In March 2020, the Court suspended in-person admission ceremonies due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
A process was developed to allow admissions to occur ‘on the papers’ by order of the Chief Justice. Pursuant to this process, the Chief Justice has made the attached orders (at the bottom of this page), admitting the applicants named in the Schedule of each order to practise as Australian lawyers and officers of the Supreme Court of Victoria. The signatures of the named applicants have been entered on the Supreme Court roll.
Chief Justice's video message
The Chief Justice, the Hon. Anne Ferguson, has released a special video message to acknowledge the lawyers who were admitted to practise ‘on the papers’ in 2020.
“While your admission involved less spectacle than would usually be the case, the significance of it is undiminished,” her Honour said.
The Chief Justice extends her warmest congratulations to the new lawyers.
Hello. My name is Anne Ferguson, and I am the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria.
As you know, in March this year the Court suspended in-person admission ceremonies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a consequence of this, and in a first for the State of Victoria, you were admitted to practise ‘on the papers’ rather than in a ceremony in the Banco Court.
I know it must have been difficult to have received notification of your admission by email, rather than surrounded by your loved ones and colleagues.
I know that I have missed the opportunity to see and speak to you in person.
But while your admission involved less spectacle than would usually be the case, the significance of it is undiminished.
Being admitted to practise is the culmination of many years of dedicated study and hard work. It marks the beginning of your journeys as Australian lawyers and officers of the Supreme Court.
So to you, more so than ever, I would like to offer my sincere congratulations.
I would also like to extend my thanks to your loved ones on your behalf.
I am sure you are grateful for the support and encouragement they have offered you over the years.
They are all undoubtedly very proud of you.
When presiding over admission ceremonies, I like to offer some guidance to the newly admitted lawyers.
And I would like to do the same for you. First, try to embody the right qualities. Be proactive, diligent and responsive. Be a team player.
Always look to improve. Conduct yourself with integrity.
Focus on the real contribution you are making, rather than just on the hours or days you are putting in.
And when problems happen – and they will happen – focus on finding solutions.
At the same time, ensure you look after your wellbeing as best you can.
Wellbeing is an essential part of a successful and sustainable career.
To the extent you can, always try your best to prioritise things outside work that are meaningful to you.
And if there are ever times where things are proving difficult or becoming overwhelming, do not be afraid to ask for help.
Seek out mentors. Mentors can be a sounding board to help you find your way. They can help you to make career decisions and overcome challenges.
But don’t assume that your mentor should share the same characteristics as you.
Sometimes the best mentors are those whose experiences are completely different from our own.
Your admission comes at a time of great change.
The way the courts operate is evolving – no better evidenced than by the courts’ transition to virtual hearings.
The face of the legal profession itself is changing too.
We are becoming better at promoting diversity and actively working to eliminate unacceptable practices and conduct, including discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying.
I encourage you to embrace these changes and treat them as opportunities.
You each play a part in shaping the future of the legal profession. What it will look like in 10, 20 or even 50 years’ time is up to you.
Finally, I would like to recognise those within the profession who assisted you with the admissions process.
It has been an extraordinary year, and I have been moved by the way the profession has come together in support of one another.
Once again, congratulations to each of you as the newest Australian lawyers.
I wish you all health, safety, and the very best for the lives and careers that lie ahead of you.
Download each of the orders admitting new lawyers 'on the papers' from the following list: