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New Appointments to the Supreme Court.

The Victorian Government has announced the appointment of four new judicial officers to the Supreme Court of Victoria commencing today.

The appointments to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court Trial Division include:

  • The Hon. Justice Maree Kennedy appointed as a judge of appeal;
  • James Gorton QC as a judge of the Court;
  • Michael Osborne QC as a judge of the Court; and
  • Patricia Matthews as an associate judge of the Court.

Since 2016, Justice Kennedy has been a judge of the Court following more than 25 years in the legal profession as a barrister, Senior Counsel and Judge of the County Court.

Mr Gorton was admitted to the Victorian Bar in 1996. He practised initially in commercial law and insolvency, going on to develop a trial and appellate practice in many areas including insurance, judicial review and compensation law. He was appointed QC in 2011

Mr Osborne has over 25 years’ experience at the Victorian Bar in a range of practice areas including commercial, equity and trusts, insurance and professional liability. His trial and appellate practice covers the full scope of domestic and international commercial litigation, advice and mediation. He was appointed QC in 2013.

Ms Matthews has been a judicial registrar at the Supreme Court of Victoria since 2017. Prior to that, she worked at King & Wood Mallesons for 14 years, including as special counsel, where she acted in matters across a broad range of civil jurisdiction such as common law actions and commercial matters.