The College welcomes and congratulates Richard Attiwill QC and Stephen O’Meara QC on their appointments to the Supreme Court and Judith Benson, Majella Foster-Jones, Robyn Hamilton and Julia Lever-Davidson as the inaugural Judicial Registrar appointments to the Children's Court.
The appointments of Richard Attiwill QC and Stephen O’Meara QC as judges of the Supreme Court start today – bringing a combined total of more than 50 years’ legal experience.
Appointed Senior Council in 2013, Mr Attiwill has appeared in a broad range of matters, including commercial, public and common law cases, class actions, Royal Commissions, and parliamentary inquiries. He appeared at the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements and the second Hazelwood Mine Fire Board of Inquiry.
Mr O’Meara has also appeared in several matters of importance since being appointed Senior Council in 2011, including the coronial inquest into the 2017 Bourke Street Incident, the Royal Commission into the Victorian Mental Health System and the Kilmore and Murrindindi bushfire class actions.
Starting on 25 May, Judith Benson, Majella Foster-Jones, Robyn Hamilton and Julia Lever-Davidson will each bring their extensive and diverse experience as the first-ever judicial registrars to the Children’s Court.
Ms Benson’s 23 years as a barrister includes work across both jurisdictions of the Children’s Court, including child protection, juvenile crime, family violence and intervention order matters.
Ms Foster-Jones is a skilled legal practitioner who has held a number of roles at Victoria Legal Aid. She is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria Council and holds an accredited specialisation in children’s law.
Ms Hamilton is currently the senior in-house counsel for family and children’s law at Victoria Legal Aid, where she has previously been the manager of the youth legal service program and a child protection and senior independent children’s lawyer.
Ms Lever-Davidson also has extensive experience at Victoria Legal Aid, including in her current role as managing lawyer for youth crime and acting associate director in the criminal law program.