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How to write like a judicial officer - and a story teller

Our judgment writing program assists judicial officers to become more efficient and effective in judgment writing. 

It focuses on:

  • Identifying the key elements of a judgment
  • Writing effectively and efficiently
  • Producing clear, well-written and timely judgments

Led by an experienced Judicial Faculty, this program supports improvement in judicial writing skills through critical analysis, discussion and reconstruction of written judgments.  Involving small group work and individual feedback, this program provides unique access to experienced judges and well-known writers.

Judicial Faculty

  • Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth, Supreme Court of Victoria
  • Justice Cameron Macaulay, Supreme Court of Victoria
  • Hon. Alan Wilson QC, Formerly Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Hon. Peter Murphy, Formerly Family Court of Australia
  • Hon. Patrick Keane CNZM, Formerly High Court of New Zealand
Location

Melbourne CBD

Writers
Kristina Olsson

Kristina Olsson

Kristina Olsson is a writer of fiction and non-fiction and a freelance journalist. Her most recent books are the novel, Shell, and the memoir, Boy, Lost. She enjoys teaching judgment writing programs around Australia.

Michal Meehan

Emeritus Professor Michael Meehan

Emeritus Professor Michael Meehan has an LLB from Monash and Adelaide Universities and a PhD in literature from the University of Cambridge. Former Head of the School of Communication and Creative Arts, and Chair of Adelaide Writers Week, Michael is co-author of Grammar for Lawyers (Lexis-Nexis, 3rd edition), and has published novels in Australia, the US and the UK.

Jock Serong

Jock Serong

Jock Serong worked as a lawyer in Victoria for seventeen years, practising mostly in crime, refugee law and native title. He was a barrister between 1998 and 2004, then a partner in a Warrnambool firm. Since 2013, he has worked full-time as a writer, filing stories for surfing and travel media, and releasing four novels. His latest is Preservation.

Sarah Krasnostein

Dr Sarah Krasnostein

Dr Sarah Krasnostein, bestselling author of the multi-award winning The Trauma Cleaner, is a writer and lawyer. She writes for The Monthly, The Saturday Paper and The Australian and in 2016 was awarded the Monash University Holman Medal for Excellence for her PhD on sentencing.

Gideon Haigh

Gideon Haigh

Gideon Haigh has been a journalist since 1984, written 37 books and edited 7 others. He works mainly for The Australian and The Times.

Writers
Kristina Olsson

Kristina Olsson

Kristina Olsson is a writer of fiction and non-fiction and a freelance journalist. Her most recent books are the novel, Shell, and the memoir, Boy, Lost. She enjoys teaching judgment writing programs around Australia.

Michal Meehan

Emeritus Professor Michael Meehan

Emeritus Professor Michael Meehan has an LLB from Monash and Adelaide Universities and a PhD in literature from the University of Cambridge. Former Head of the School of Communication and Creative Arts, and Chair of Adelaide Writers Week, Michael is co-author of Grammar for Lawyers (Lexis-Nexis, 3rd edition), and has published novels in Australia, the US and the UK.

Jock Serong

Jock Serong

Jock Serong worked as a lawyer in Victoria for seventeen years, practising mostly in crime, refugee law and native title. He was a barrister between 1998 and 2004, then a partner in a Warrnambool firm. Since 2013, he has worked full-time as a writer, filing stories for surfing and travel media, and releasing four novels. His latest is Preservation.

Sarah Krasnostein

Dr Sarah Krasnostein

Dr Sarah Krasnostein, bestselling author of the multi-award winning The Trauma Cleaner, is a writer and lawyer. She writes for The Monthly, The Saturday Paper and The Australian and in 2016 was awarded the Monash University Holman Medal for Excellence for her PhD on sentencing.

Gideon Haigh

Gideon Haigh

Gideon Haigh has been a journalist since 1984, written 37 books and edited 7 others. He works mainly for The Australian and The Times.