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Announcement of the upcoming retirement of the President of the Court of Appeal. 

The Supreme Court of Victoria has announced that Justice Chris Maxwell will retire as President of the Court of Appeal on 15 July 2022.

By then, Justice Maxwell will have served in the role for 17 years, after being appointed in July 2005.

His Honour commenced practice at the Bar in 1984 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1998.

The College is particularly grateful to Justice Maxwell for his enthusiastic support of the College over the last 17 years.

His Honour has been a passionate supporter of the College and of judicial education, through participation in and facilitation of countless events and committees over the years.

Justice Maxwell has contributed his time and expertise generously to support the delivery of a diverse range of judicial education on topics including statutory interpretation, administrative law, criminal law, jury directions, sentencing, evidence law and family violence.

Of particular note is Justice Maxwell’s involvement in innovative education to address the needs of the judiciary in relation to leadership and governance and the important role judicial officers play in managing organisations. This culminated in a series of events led by visiting UK professor in leadership, Dr Peter Shaw CB.

Most recently Justice Maxwell has led the development of the College’s innovative Scholarship for the Legal Community resource, helping to promote greater awareness of legal scholarship amongst judges and practitioners. The development of this resource followed several years of Judges and the Academy, a program convened by Justice Maxwell for senior members of the judiciary and of the Academy to discuss together developments in legal scholarship and philosophy.

In June 2015, Justice Maxwell was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for eminent service to the law and to the judiciary.

The College wishes Justice Maxwell all the very best in his upcoming retirement.