Our History

The Working Party and Launch

In July 2000 a working party was formed to help establish an education scheme for Victorian judicial officers. Chaired by the Honourable John Harber Phillips AC, then Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, the working party included senior judicial officers, Crown Counsel, and officers of the Department of Justice.

As a result of the working party’s report, the Judicial College of Victoria was established under the Judicial College of Victoria Act 2001. The College began operating in November 2002, with foundation Chief Executive Officer Ms Lyn Slade at the helm.

It was formally launched on 13 May 2003, acknowledging the many months of hard work since the Act was passed. Numerous judges, masters, magistrates, coroners, and VCAT members attended the launch.

Legislative Support

The Courts Legislation Amendment (Judicial Education and Other Matters) Act 2007 bolstered support for judicial education. Each Victorian judicial officer is expected to participate in at least ten hours of professional development each year at the College through a Continuing Professional Development Scheme, which accounts for around two days of the five days recommended in the National Standard for Professional Development for Australian Judicial Officers. 

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