Judge Ted Woodward appointed to the Supreme Court and as President of VCAT.

The College warmly congratulates Judge Ted Woodward on his appointment as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria, effective from 5 June 2023. We also extend our congratulations on his appointment as the President of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), effective from 1 July 2023.

Judge Woodward was appointed as a Judge of the County Court of Victoria in 2017 and as a Vice President of VCAT in 2018. Judge Woodward has been head of the Commercial Division of the County Court since June 2020.

Prior to this he was a barrister from 1997 to 2017 practising in general commercial litigation, particularly in the areas of corporate insolvency and reconstruction.

Judge Woodward is an accredited mediator and acted in several inquests. In 2003, he assisted the coroner with investigations into the devastating Canberra bushfires and as counsel assisting the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission in two of its early public hearings.

He has dedicated a significant portion of his career to ensuring improvements in the justice system through his service on the Victorian Bar Council and Ethics Committee and in leading the development of new case management and dispute resolution practices in the County Court Commercial Division.

He was appointed silk in 2010 and holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne.

Judge Woodward will replace Justice Michelle Quigley who will continue to serve as President of VCAT until 30 June 2023. Justice Quigley was appointed as the President of VCAT in April 2018 when she became the first woman to serve in the role.

As Judge Woodward embarks on the next stage of his professional life, we also welcome him as a member of the College Board and eagerly look forward to his valuable contribution. 

View the Victorian Government media release

View the Victorian Bar Welcome address following Judge Woodward's appointment to the County Court