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After more than 20 years on the Bench, Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth is retiring as a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Justice Hollingworth joined the Supreme Court of Victoria in June 2004.

Justice Hollingworth
        Justice Hollingworth

During her time with the Court, her Honour presided over many of the State’s high-profile criminal matters, and served as the Judge-in-Charge of the Criminal Division from 2018 to 2022, including during the challenging COVID-19 pandemic years. Her Honour also presided over many civil trials and appeals, and sat in the Court of Appeal

“It has been a great honour and privilege to serve the Victorian community as a judge of the Court,” her Honour said.

Before coming to the Court, her Honour worked as a solicitor for about four years before joining the Victorian Bar in 1991. She was appointed Senior Counsel in 2002.
She has been a member of various committees and bodies within the legal profession, including the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, the International Commission of Jurists, the Forensic Leave Panel, the Council of Legal Education, the Public Interest Law Clearing House and the Legal Profession Tribunal. 

Over the years, she has taught judges, practitioners and students in Australia and overseas in a wide range of subjects, including judgment and legal writing, advocacy, procedure and evidence. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow of the University of Melbourne.

Justice Hollingworth’s retirement is effective on 14 June 2024.

Published on 14 June 2024