Our judiciary

The judicial officers of the Supreme Court of Victoria are its judges, associate judges and judicial registrars. For a current list of our judiciary see our Judicial Organisational Chart.

The past judges and associate judges page lists all past judicial officers dating back to 1852.

Judges 

Judges preside over court proceedings, either alone, as part of a panel or with a jury. Most importantly they are impartial decision-makers in the pursuit of justice. The judge provides an independent and impartial assessment of the facts and how the law applies to those facts. Their role is to interpret the law, assess the evidence and control how hearings and trials are conducted.

 

How judges are appointed

Supreme Court judges are appointed by the Governor of Victoria. To be eligible for appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court, a person must be, or have been:

  • a judge of the High Court of Australia, or of a Court created by the Parliament of the Commonwealth
  • a judge of a court in Victoria or another state or territory
  • admitted to legal practice in Victoria or another state or territory for five years or more.

Judges must retire when they reach the age of 70.

View the list of current Supreme Court judges.

Reserve judges

Reserve judges are either retired or interstate judges who have been appointed as reserve judges of the Supreme Court under the Constitution Act 1975. Appointments are made by the Governor in Council for a period of five years with engagements to undertake the duties of a judge of the Court made by the Chief Justice during that period. 

Associate judges 

Associate judges generally hear and determine civil disputes before and after trial.

They are also responsible for much of the preparatory work in the civil jurisdiction that otherwise would be carried out by a judge.

You can learn more about the role and judicial function of the Supreme Court's associate judges including how they are appointed.

Judicial registrars

Judicial registrars assist the judges and associate judges in managing their workload in an efficient way, without compromising either the independence or quality of judicial decision making.

Judicial registrars are appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Attorney-General.

Registrar of Criminal Appeals 

The registrar's role is to work with the parties to prepare an appeal for hearing before judges of the Court of Appeal. The registrar of the Court of Appeal will often hear and determine various applications relating to an appeal, prior to the hearing of the actual appeal.

Registrar of the Court of Appeal 

The registrar of the Court of Appeal also has general responsibility for the registry of the Court of Appeal; constant liaison with the President and frequent contact with the other judges of the Court of Appeal; and general responsibility for all matters arising in the civil jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal, including applications to an associate judge.