College Board

College Chair, Chief Justice Anne Ferguson
College Chair, Chief Justice Anne Ferguson

One of the College’s great strengths is its Board which meets four times a year. The Board sets the College's strategic direction and oversees its activities. It is committed to universal judicial professional development and encourages every Victorian judicial officer to participate.

Working with the Courts and VCAT, the Board and the College have developed a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme for judicial officers. 

The College Board comprises the heads of each jurisdiction and two Attorney-General appointees. This mix establishes the College as the education arm of the Victorian judiciary.

Board members are the heads of the four major jurisdictions:

  • Chief Justice Anne Ferguson, (Chair of the College)
  • Justice Michelle Quigley, President VCAT
  • Justice Peter Kidd, Chief Judge of the County Court
  • Mr Peter Lauritsen, Chief Magistrate
  • Judge Sara Hinchey, State Coroner, Coroners Court of Victoria
  • Judge Amanda Chambers, President of the Children's Court of Victoria

And two directors appointed by the Governor in Council on the nomination of the Attorney-General:

  • Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg AM, being a person who has ‘experience as a member of the academic staff of a tertiary or other educational institution’, and
  • Mr Greg Lee, being a person who has 'broad experience in community issues affecting courts’.

(Section 8 of the Judicial College of Victoria Act 2001)

The College Mission

To provide high quality, relevant and timely judicial education, training and resources that enhances judicial practice, supports the Courts and VCAT in the administration of justice and promotes a more unified and engaged court system, thereby enhancing community confidence in the judiciary.

Guiding Principles

The way in which the College conducts its work is fundamental to its success, and follows these guiding principles:

  • Preserving and promoting the constitutional principle of an independent judiciary while establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the executive arm of government.
  • Judicial education and professional development is a key component to ensuring high standards of judicial practice and support for the rule of law.
  • Participation in the College’s activities by judicial officers is based on the principles of self-motivated learning and peer support involving the sharing of knowledge and experience with colleagues.
  • Judicial education programs emphasise both professional development and continuing legal education.
  • The development of judicial education and professional development activities is judge-led with input from appropriately qualified academics and members of the wider community.  This supports an independent judiciary and reflective judicial practice.
  • Providing education and professional development of the highest quality that reflects the highest professional standards.  The College therefore recruits highly skilled and committed staff and develops programs within a comprehensive quality assurance framework.
  • There is public value in allowing a number of College resources to be available and free to members of the legal profession and the wider community.  Such access promotes transparency, informs the public about the judicial role, exhibits the important leadership role of the judiciary in enhancing its skills and being up-to-date with current legal and social issues, and promotes a culture of professional development in the legal profession.


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