New chief magistrate appointed

17 September 2019

The County Court of Victoria celebrates the appointment of her Honour Judge Lisa Hannan as Chief Magistrate of the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.

Judge Hannan will bring an enormous wealth of experience to the role, having served for eight years as a Magistrate and Coroner, and 13 years as a Judge of the County Court of Victoria.

“I thank Judge Hannan for the tremendous contribution she has made to this court over some 13 years. The Court congratulates Judge Hannan and wishes her well in this exciting and important role”, County Court of Victoria Chief Judge Peter Kidd says.

Judge Hannan, who joined the Victorian Bar in 1988, holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from Monash University. A leader in her field, she is the founding patron of the Women in Crime network that provides mentoring, education and support to approximately 250 female criminal lawyers.

Judge Hannan’s appointment represents a significant milestone in the Magistrates’ Court. At the time of her Honour’s appointment, fifty per cent of magistrates will be women – the first time in Victoria’s history that equal representation has been achieved in the Magistrates’ Court.

Her Honour will commence the role of Chief Magistrate of the Magistrates’ Court on 17 November, replacing retiring Chief Magistrate Peter Lauritsen.

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