The College warmly congratulates David Bennett, Belinda Bales and Rosalind Avis on their appointments as Judicial Registrars of the County Court of Victoria.
Judicial Registrar Bennett has had a successful career at the Bar for more than 20 years, having been admitted in 2000.
Judicial Registrar Bennett’s areas of expertise include commercial litigation, building and construction litigation/arbitration, corporate regulation, and sports regulation. He has appeared for clients in trials, appeals, interlocutory hearings, mediations and case conferences in the various courts and tribunals at state and federal level.
From 1999 to 2000, His Honour was the associate to the Honourable Justice Kenneth Hayne AC of the High Court of Australia.
Judicial Registrar Bennett will join the commercial division.
Judicial Registrar Bales has extensive experience in the practice of civil litigation, the family violence sector, Therapeutic Treatment Orders in the Children’s Court, the registration and oversight of post sentence supervision orders, and the application of the compensation provisions of the Sentencing Act.
After completing her law degree, Judicial Registrar Bales commenced her career in the Legal Services Department of Victoria Police.
Her Honour has appeared in County Court appeals against family violence and personal safety intervention orders made in the Magistrates’ Court.
Judicial Registrar Bales will join the common law division.
After completing her law degree, Judicial Registrar Avis commenced at the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in the UK in 2006. She then completed her pupillage with the Crown Prosecution Service in the UK and went on to become a senior crown prosecutor.
In 2012, Judicial Registrar Avis moved to Australia where she commenced as a law clerk and, after admission, as a solicitor with Paul Vale in Ringwood.
Judicial Registrar Avis was granted an exemption from the Bar Readers Course and, in 2013, commenced reading with Judge Wraight.
Her Honour has appeared for both the defence and the prosecution in the County Court, the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.
Judicial Registrar Avis will join the crime division.